Halladay Placed On DL with Lat Strain, to Miss 6-8 Weeks

Halladay Placed On DL with Lat Strain, to Miss 6-8 Weeks

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.

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

What is there to say about the Philadelphia Phillies?

In doing my usual postgame perusal of the Internet after their 7-2 loss on Wednesday night, I visited Phillies.com to see what kind of "highlights" they could have possibly posted from another crushing defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.

Thankfully, the first thing that caught my eye was a video titled, "Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby."

It was not Larry Andersen in the Phanatic's arms. Nor me.

And that's the Phillies season in a nutshell.

"You gotta question the parenting skills here," John Kruk said on the telecast. And he's right! What kind of parent would raise their kid to be a Philly sports fan?!?

The Phillies now have the worst record in all of baseball. They're 4-20 in their last 24 games. It's their worst start to a season since 1960.

Even the Phanatic doesn't have enough popcorn to mask all the pain.

If you want to read about the upbeat approach Pete Mackanin is taking, go give this a gander.

"In a long season, these things sometimes happen," Mackanin told reporters. "I remember Atlanta, the first half last year, was terrible. They had a real good second half. I believe we just need to get something going. We're going to put something together. I believe that."

That makes one of us.

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

The future of Villanova basketball just got brighter.

Brandon Slater, a 6-foot-6 wing and highly touted 2018 recruit, told Scout.com on Wednesday night that he has verbally committed to the Wildcats.

He later made the announcement on Twitter.

Among the 2018 recruiting class, Slater, a product of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia, is ranked in the top 30 by Scout.com and top 50 by ESPN.com. He's slated as a four-star talent by both media outlets.

Per ESPN, Slater had offers from Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Syracuse, USC and Virginia Tech. He is Villanova's first commitment for 2018.

"Going up there it just feels like a second home," Slater said, via Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "It gives me a good vibe. It's nothing like all the other schools. I just feel like a Villanova guy. It feels like PVI. It's already home."

Slater and Villanova head coach Jay Wright expressed their excitement on Twitter.