Halladay Hits A Wall

Drew Silva
Notes: Hope For Halladay?
Matthew Pouliot has notes on Roy Halladay, some shaky closers and waiver trade possibilities in the Strike Zone

Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay had another disastrous outing on Sunday against the lowly Marlins, yielding nine earned runs in 2 1/3 innings as part of an eventual 14-2 loss. Following the start he revealed to reporters (after first alerting the Phillies' training staff) that he has been experiencing some mild discomfort in his throwing shoulder since his April 24 start against the Pirates.

The Phillies will get Roy checked out this week in Los Angeles by joint specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum and are all but certain to place the veteran starter on the 15-day disabled list. Halladay has a hideous 8.65 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 34 1/3 innings this season and the 14-18 Phils simply can't keep running him out there. Adam Morgan is likely to be called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take over the vacant rotation spot.

It would have been a crazy thought just a few months ago, but Halladay can be dropped in most standard fantasy formats. There is clearly something wrong with him physically and it's not going to suddenly get better overnight.

Craig Heating Up As RBI Flow

Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig batted just .263/.297/.358 over 101 plate appearances during a sluggish April, but he maintained his timely hitting with runners in scoring position and still managed to eke out 18 RBI in 24 games. That clutch production has continued in May, and "Wrench" is also now raking in all situations.

Craig went 2-for-5 with a double, a triple and four RBI in the Cardinals' 10-1 thrashing of the Brewers on Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee and is now hitting .409/.435/.682 with seven RBI in five games since the calendar flipped from April to May. Serving as St. Louis' primary cleanup man, he is on pace for 131 RBI.

Buy low in fantasy leagues if you still can. Craig, 28, is about to go on an extended offensive tear.

Nationals League Quick Hits: Giants starter Matt Cain allowed just one run over 7 1/3 innings in a win against the Dodgers on Sunday Night Baseball … Brian McCann (shoulder) will be activated from the disabled list Monday … Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko is batting .368 with a 1.158 OPS so far in May … David Wright has three home runs in the Mets' last three games … Adrian Gonzalez (neck) was able to make a pinch-hit appearance Sunday night … Rockies rookie third baseman Nolan Arenado cranked his third home run in six games Sunday in a loss to the Rays … Didi Gregorius (concussion) went 2-for-3 with a home run Sunday in his return to the Diamondbacks' lineup and is now batting .433/.469/.867 with three home runs in eight games this season … Jhoulys Chacin (back) struggled mightily in his first start since coming off the disabled list Sunday against the Rays … Bryce Harper was ejected Sunday for arguing a checked-swing call … Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis (quad) could need a 15-day disabled list stint … Adeiny Hechavarria drove in seven runs as the Marlins routed the Phillies on Sunday … Jayson Werth (hamstring) is aiming to return to the Nationals' lineup on Tuesday … Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia allowed just one run over eight innings to close out a four-game sweep of the Brewers on Sunday afternoon at Miller Park … Starling Marte is on pace for 26 home runs, 52 stolen bases, 84 RBI and 125 runs scored … Clayton Richard was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with an intestinal virus.

American League Quick Hits: Tigers ace Justin Verlander hurled seven scoreless innings, carrying a no-hitter beyond the sixth, in Sunday's easy win over the Astros … Alex Gordon hit a walkoff RBI single to deep right field Sunday in the Royals' extra-innings victory against the White Sox … Orioles phenom Manny Machado slugged his fifth home run and tallied his 21st RBI on Sunday in a win over the Angels … Phil Coke (groin) is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Toledo … Rays starter Alex Cobb has allowed 18 hits and seven earned runs over his last 12 1/3 innings after looking dominant in his first four starts … Carlos Santana hit his sixth home run of the season Sunday against the Twins and is now batting .379/.471/.690 in 24 games … Astros starter Philip Humber was shelled for eight runs in four innings Sunday against the Tigers and is now 0-7 with an 8.82 ERA in seven outings this season … Michael Bourn (hand) will be activated from the disabled list this week … A's closer Grant Balfour converted his fifth save of the season in Sunday's win over the Yankees … Andrew Bailey is scheduled undergo an MRI on his sore right biceps muscle Monday … Indians setup man Vinnie Pestano (elbow) is expected to be available on Monday … Brandon Morrow lasted eight innings and struck out eight Sunday as the Blue Jays routed the Mariners … Ryan Madson (elbow) could begin a minor league rehab assignment at some point this week … Veteran left-hander Erik Bedard was moved to the Astros' bullpen after another disastrous start.