Halladay to have shoulder examined Tuesday

Halladay to have shoulder examined Tuesday

NEW YORK -- Roy Halladay is scheduled to have his sore right shoulder examined Tuesday.

The Phillies are finalizing details of his visit, so it is unclear who will be looking at him and where. But there is concern in the organization about Halladay's health, considering his importance to the team and his stature in baseball.

"Anytime you have an injury, you have a concern, no matter who it is," Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said Monday morning at Citi Field. "We've been through these things before. [Vance] Worley, [Roy] Oswalt last year. We're fortunate we have Kyle [Kendrick] in the role he is in. Hopefully Vance is close to coming off the DL, so we'll be covered again."

Because the Phillies do not play Thursday, they do not need a fifth starter until June 6. It seems unlikely Halladay will be back in the rotation by then, which means they will need Worley to slide into that spot. If Worley is not ready to pitch by then, the Phillies would have to turn to Triple-A Lehigh Valley for a replacement. Options there include Dave Bush (4-3, 2.73 ERA in 9 starts), Tyler Cloyd (4-1, 2.15 ERA in six starts) and Scott Elarton (5-1, 2.98 ERA in nine starts).

"We've got experienced guys down there," Proefrock said. "Cloyd has thrown the ball well. We've got some options, but the option at this point, once Vance comes back, would be for a long man [for the bullpen]."

Another option down the road would be free agent Roy Oswalt, whom the Phillies watched throw recently.

"I don't think it's worth speculating until we know exactly what the issue is [with Halladay]," said Proefrock, when asked about Oswalt.