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MLB roundup: Phillies' Halladay out 6-8 weeks

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The Philadelphia Phillies could be without ace right-hander Roy Halladay for up to two months, dealing a severe blow to the team's already fading playoff hopes.

Halladay was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a right lat strain. Halladay is expected to miss six to eight weeks, according to multiple reports.

Halladay left Sunday's start after two innings with a sore right shoulder, explaining later that he first started to feel discomfort in his previous start against Washington, but pitched through it.

The Phillies are already coping with multiple injuries, including those to first baseman Ryan Howard and Chase Utley. Philadelphia is in last-place in the National League East.

---Though Manny Ramirez is scheduled to be reinstated by Major League Baseball on Wednesday, the Oakland Athletics won't promote the slugger until he's ready, according to multiple reports.

Ramirez is batting .250 (8-for-32) with no extra-base hits and seven strikeouts in nine games with Triple-A Sacramento.

"We want to make sure Manny feels he is 100 percent ready when we pull the trigger on this move," Oakland assistant GM David Forst told reporters. "I don't have any time frame other than we're watching it every day."

---Miami Marlins reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo vowed to resume his career under his actual name.

Oviedo pitched his first seven seasons as Leo Nunez. His 2011 season ended in September after officials discovered he had been playing under an assumed name.

The right-hander was issued a visa last week in the Dominican Republic. Back in the United States, he received an eight-week suspension from MLB for age and identity fraud.

He is eligible to rejoin the Marlins on July 23 and expects to be ready.

---A government witness testified Tuesday about conversations he had with Brian McNamee in which he was told on separate occasions that Clemens had used human-growth hormone and that McNamee had saved syringes he used on Clemens, according to an MLB.com report.

The testimony, given by investment consultant Anthony Corso, comes as the prosecution's case comes to a close.

Also, a third juror has been excused in the Roger Clemens perjury trial, according to multiple reports.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton told lawyers Tuesday that the juror won't return after the death of her mother last week, leaving one alternate.

Two jurors previously were dismissed for sleeping.

---Pitcher Roy Oswalt threw for the Los Angeles Dodgers in his home state of Mississippi, though team officials feel he will sign with the Texas Rangers, according to an ESPN.com report.

Oswalt, who had previously thrown for the Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox and the Rangers, has indicated to teams that Texas is his destination of choice. He is close friends with club president Nolan Ryan, and also likes the thought of pitching for a contending team that's close to his home.

Oswalt, 34, is 159-93 in 11 seasons with Houston and Philadelphia. After he didn't find a job in February, Oswalt told teams that he planned to wait until midseason to return.

--- The Tampa Bay Rays added outfielder/designated hitter Hideki Matsui from Triple-A Durham, and optioned Stephen Vogt to Durham.

Matsui, who turns 38 next month, batted .170 in 13 games with Durham after signing a minor-league contract on April 30.

Matsui spent nine seasons in the majors with the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics following a 10-year career with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League.

---Magglio Ordonez has decided to retire.

The 38-year-old former Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox outfielder plans to make a formal announcement on Sunday before the Tigers' games against the New York Yankees.

A six-time All-Star, Ordonez batted a career-low .255 with five homers and 32 RBIs in 92 games last season, after surgery on his right ankle.

---Curt Schilling said he's out more than a business and that he pumped all $50 million in savings from his baseball earnings estimated at $67 million into his bankrupt 38 Studios video game company.

The company was formed in 2006, and the entire 50-person staff was laid off May 25 on the heels of defaulting on a $1.1 million repayment to the state of Rhode Island due May 1. The company was eventually able to make the payment. However, it is again in default, according to the Providence Journal.

Several government officials in the state, including Governor Lincoln Chafee, participated in emergency meetings with Schilling last week.

The company was given a taxpayer-backed loan from the state in 2010 of $75 million but less than $50 million has been paid.

---Prosecutors won't offer a plea deal to Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young, who is accused of making anti-Semitic remarks while the team was in New York, according to multiple reports.

Young appeared in a Manhattan court Tuesday, and was told by a prosecutor that he isn't making any plea offer at the current time in the misdemeanor hate-crime harassment case.

Young allegedly screamed anti-Jewish remarks at a group of tourists last month, then got into a fight and threw one of them on the ground. Young's lawyer claims that Young was reacting to something that was said to him.

---Chicago Cubs catcher Steve Clevenger was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, and catcher Blake Lalli was optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

Clevenger had been out since April 28 with a right oblique strain. He was batting .500 (11-for-22) with five doubles when he got hurt. Lalli hit .133 (2-for-15) with in six games with the Cubs.

--- The Baltimore Orioles activated outfielder Endy Chavez from the disabled list on Monday. He had been out since May 9 with a strained left oblique.

Chavez has struggled this season. After hitting .301 in 83 games for Texas last season, he is batting just .133 in 20 games for the Orioles this year. Chavez played in three rehab games with Double-A Bowie, going 3-for-10 with two walks.

The Orioles also selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Miguel Gonzalez, who was 2-1 with a 1.50 earned-run average for Triple-A Norfolk.

Right-handed pitcher Tommy Hunter and outfielder Xavier Avery were optioned to Norfolk.

---Matt Kemp is expected to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers' lineup on Tuesday against the Brewers after being sidelined since May 13 with a hamstring strain.

Kemp played two rehab games with Triple-A Albuquerque, and he had a home run in each.

Kemp entered Tuesday's action batting .359 with 12 homers and 28 RBIs.

---Los Angeles Angels outfielder Torii Hunters been reinstated from the restricted list. He had been away from the team to help his son deal with sexual-assault charges in Texas. Hunter is batting .256 with five home runs and 15 RBIs.

--- The Washington Nationals recalled catcher Jhonatan Solano from Triple-A Syracuse. He hit .250 for Syracuse and threw out 40 percent of the runners who tried to steal a base.

--- The Detroit Tigers sent right-handed pitcher Collin Balester outright to Triple-A Toledo. He was 2-0 with 6.50 ERA for the Tigers.

--- The Pirates have recalled infielder Jordy Mercer from Triple-A Indianapolis and have optioned infielder Yamaico Navarro to their Triple-A affiliate. Mercer hit .303 with Indianapolis.
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