The news on Roy Halladay is not good, but it's also not season-ending at this point.
From a Phillies release:
Right-hander Roy Halladay has been placed on the 15-day disabled list,
retroactive to May 28, with right latissimus dorsi strain, Senior Vice
President and General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced today. To fill
his spot on the 25-man roster, catcher Erik Kratz has been recalled from
triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Halladay left his start over the weekend in St. Louis after throwing only two innings. After the game he complained of "general soreness." He was evaluated today in Philadelphia where the right lat strain was determined.
6-8 weeks likely means that Halladay will miss approximately eight starts or so. Kyle Kendrick will likely remain in the rotation. Vance Worley also reportedly threw 30 pitches this afternoon, but there is currently no timetable on his return. Dave Bush's name has also been mentioned as a potential call up for a few spot starts.
One other twist to all of this, as Jayson Stark pointed out, is that the eight or so missed starts by Halladay could have contract implications, as his vesting option in 2014 is based on innings pitched.
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It looks like all three members of the Hamstrung Trio (see story) weren't practicing again on Thursday.
At the start of Thursday's practice, Rodney McLeod, Corey Graham and Jaylen Watkins, who suffered hamstring injuries on Sunday against the Chiefs, were not participating. This will be the second straight day all three will miss practice.
McLeod was the only member of the trio to even make an appearance at practice before reporters were kicked out after individual drills. He walked onto the field with a compression sleeve on his right leg and began to watch.
There was, however, a new safety on the field. Newcomer Trae Elston, who was claimed off waivers from the Bills, was on the field for the first time with the Eagles. He was wearing No. 35.
It'll be tough for the Eagles to get Elston caught up by game time on Sunday at 1 p.m. Aside from Elston, the Eagles have just Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Maragos as safeties, although linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill could be used in a pinch and Jenkins thinks a couple cornerbacks have the ability to play safety (see story).
Ronald Darby (ankle) and Destiny Vaeao (wrist) were the other two Eagles who weren't practicing on Thursday. Darby is out for at least another few weeks with his dislocated ankle.
Vaeao missed the Chiefs game and looks to be in danger of missing another week. In his absence, rookie sixth-round pick Elijah Qualls played nine snaps and played well. Qualls could see his workload increase as the fourth DT against the Giants.