Roy Halladay Injury: 6 Potential Replacements in Phillies Rotation
With the news that Phillies ace Roy Halladay will miss 6-8 weeks with a right latissimus dorsi strain, the Phillies will need to address his rotation spot moving forward if they hope to compete in 2012.
Vance Worley is already on the disabled list and his rotation spot is currently being filled by swingman Kyle Kendrick, so for the time being the Phillies will need a stop gap option.
Long-term, however, they will need to decide if Kendrick is the answer for two months or if they will look to fill Halladay's rotation spot with someone else.
They're unlikely make a blockbuster move, with the team already struggling due to so many other injuries and the farm system somewhat depleted after trading for Roy Oswalt and Hunter Pence the past two seasons.
However, they have some decent in-house options and some low-cost veterans on the trade market that they could look to pursue. Here is a look at some of the possible replacements.
In-House: Dave Bush
2012 Stats: 10 GS, 4-3, 2.61 ERA, 34 Ks, 58.2 IP (at Triple-A)
Signed to a minor-league deal this offseason, Bush is best remembered for his time with the Brewers where he went 46-53 with a 4.80 ERA and had a pair of 12-win seasons.
The 32-year-old saw limited action with the Rangers last season and had a 5.79 ERA in 17 games (three starts) for the eventual AL champs.
He has been solid this season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley and it could be enough for him to at least get a couple-start audition for the vacant spot.
In-House: Scott Elarton
2012 Stats: 10 GS, 5-2, 3.44 ERA, 29 Ks, 52.1 IP (at Triple-A)
Elarton has not pitched in the majors since 2008 and was out of baseball all together in 2011 before a chance run-in with Phillies GM Ruben Amaro led to a try-out and eventual minor league contract.
The 36-year-old returning to the majors would be a nice story, and with a solid season at Triple-A thus far under his belt he could very well get that chance.
Trade: Carl Pavano
2012 Stats: 10 GS, 2-4, 5.46 ERA, 31 Ks, 59.1 IP
The Twins aren't going anywhere this season and chances are everyone outside of the untradeable contract of Joe Mauer could be made available at the right price.
While his numbers aren't fantastic, veteran Carl Pavano is one guy who could have some trade value and might appeal to the Phillies.
He is due $8.5 million this year, and if the Twins could save even a couple million of that they would likely unload the 36-year-old for next to nothing.
Trade: Joe Saunders
2012 Stats: 10 GS, 3-3, 3.61 ERA, 41 Ks, 62.1 IP
While the Diamondbacks are by no means out of the playoff hunt already, they could nonetheless look to deal veteran left-hander Joe Saunders.
Many expected Saunders to be non-tendered this offseason but his 2011 line of 12-13, 3.69 ERA, 108 Ks and perhaps more importantly his 212 innings pitched were enough for the Diamondbacks to bring him back.
However, with young pitchers Trevor Bauer, Tyler Skaggs and Patrick Corbin among others waiting in the wings and close to big-league ready, moving Saunders and some of his $6 million salary could give the team a chance fill other needs while not losing much in the process.
In-House: Tyler Cloyd
2012 Stats: 10 GS, 7-1, 2.01 ERA, 49 Ks, 62.2 IP (at Double-A and Triple-A)
An 18th-round pick back in 2008, Cloyd has slowly worked his way through the Phillies minor league system and enjoyed success at every level.
After a hot start at Double-A this season (4 GS, 3-0, 1.80 ERA) he was promoted to Triple-A where he has been just as good (6 GS, 4-1, 2.15 ERA).
If the Phillies decide against turning things over to one of the aforementioned veterans, Cloyd likely represents the most big-league ready prospect (if you can call him that at 25-years old) that the team currently has.
Trade: Randy Wolf
2012 Stats: 10 GS, 2-4, 5.73 ERA, 30 Ks, 55 IP
Originally drafted by the Phillies back in 1997, Wolf was a fan-favorite during his eight seasons with the team. He went 69-60 with a 4.21 ERA and made the NL All-Star team in 2003.
He has won 13 games each of the past two seasons in Milwaukee, but he is off to a slow start this year as is much of the Brewers roster.
Set to earn $9.5 million in the final year of his contract, and with the Brewers slipping ever further out of contention, it likely won't take much more than taking on a few million dollars of his salary for the Phillies and Wolf to be reunited.