No Doc Update; Cloyd to Take His Spot

Tyler CloydUPDATED (2:04 a.m.): The visitors’ clubhouse at AT&T Park remained closed longer than normal following last night’s 6-2 victory over the Giants.

That is because Roy Halladay had a long talk with Ruben Amaro Jr. and Charlie Manuel inside the manager’s office. Halladay had his injured right shoulder examined earlier in the day in Los Angeles. What was said in that closed-door meeting? Nobody was talking, although an update is expected today.

The Phillies placed Halladay on the 15-day disabled list Monday with what they called inflammation, but it could be worse than that. Amaro said Monday he would not speculate if Halladay will pitch again this season. Cliff Lee said even if Halladay is “gone forever, there’s nothing we can do. We’ve got to go out there and continue to pitch and try to give the team a chance to win every time you take the mound. All of us.”

Former pitcher and current broadcaster Rick Sutcliffe then said on ESPN he spoke recently with Halladay. He said Halladay told him he planned to retire if he could not return to prior form. Nobody with the Phillies could speak to that, although Sutcliffe is close to Halladay — close enough that Halladay allowed his ESPN camera crew to get an intimate look at one of his bullpen sessions in Spring Training 2011.

“I think he definitely doesn’t want to go out this way,” Manuel said before last night’s game.

The Phillies announced Triple-A right-hander Tyler Cloyd will take Halladay’s spot in the rotation Friday in Arizona. Cloyd is 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA in six starts with the IronPigs, although he has a 2.40 ERA (four earned runs in 15 innings) in his last two starts. They chose Cloyd over left-hander Adam Morgan, who is 1-2 with a 3.89 ERA in six starts. The Phillies love Morgan’s potential and think he has a better future as a starter, but apparently they feel he is not ready for the big leagues and do not want to rush his development.

Cloyd is likely only a temporary solution with left-hander John Lannan expected back from the DL in a few weeks.

Nobody felt like saying much Tuesday about Halladay, including pitching coach Rich Dubee. He declined comment on anything related to Halladay. What could he say until the Phillies learn the results from his visit with Dodgers physician Neal ElAttrache?

“I know how much he wants to pitch,” Manuel said of Halladay. “He’s definitely always wanted to do his job. That’s the thing that drives him. There should be more people like that.”


Not a big phan of Cloyd’s, but I’ll be cheering for him.

Not sure if the old adage applies here… new is good news. Nice to see the team stringing together a couple of wins against a formidable opponent. Also glad to hear ex Philly JA Happ will be released from the hospital today after a horrific “collusion” with a ball to the head.

When Lannan comes back, the Phils will have three lefties in the starting rotation, so it makes sense that Morgan was called up, but if Cloyd doesn’t have the same support that Pettibone has had in his starts, they may have to send him back and call up Morgan, which will be OK until Lannan gets back, unless Morgan turns out to be ready to start at the MLB level this year. Then, they may have to send Pettibone back down and carry 4 lefties in their starting rotation.

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