Monday, May 6, 2013

Manuel defends Halladay's silence about shoulder discomfort

By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
@Philabaseball

Charlie Manuel has every right to feel bitter about the circumstances surrounding Roy Halladay and his sore right shoulder, but as a former player he identifies with the logic of silence about an injury.

"I would never tell you I couldn't play," Manuel said. "So, yeah, I could understand that. He felt he could go out there and still pitch. He wasn't thinking about not pitching bad or something like that; he wanted to try. Roy is an upstanding guy, a straight guy. Hey, there should be more guys like that. You say, ‘Well he’s hurt, he’s hurt.’ But evidently he didn’t feel that way, he felt like he could play. Nowadays guys, they get out of the game real easy. That means he has some integrity, that the game means something to him, that he wanted to see if he could help us."

Halladay was placed on the disabled list Monday afternoon and will undergo an examination at some point this week in Los Angeles with noted orthopedist Lewis Yocum.

The club recalled reliever joe Savery to add an arm to the bullpen and to temporarily take Halladay's place on the active roster until his spot in the rotation comes around on Friday.

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Monday the vacancy will be filled internally. Adam Morgan and Tyler Cloyd are the likely candidates.

Morgan, 23, is 1-2 with a 3.89 ERA in six starts at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The left-hander throws in the mid-90s and has strong command, highlighted by a slider he uses as an out pitch.

Cloyd, 25, was hit around earlier this year in Lehigh Valley and was passed over when John Lannan's spot in the rotation became available last month. The right-hander is 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA over six starts with the IronPigs.

Until Halladay's results are available the organization will plan for the worst, yet hope for the best.

"I wish I knew," Amaro said. "Hopefully it's something minor. Hopefully it's nothing major. We'll wait to see what the testing says and go from there."

- Patrick Gordon is the Managing Editor of the Philadelphia Baseball Review. Follow him on Twitter @Philabaseball or contact him at pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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