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Halladay on DL with muscle strain

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay delivers a pitch to the St. Louis Cardinals in the second inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on May 27, 2012. St. Louis won the game 8-3. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay delivers a pitch to the St. Louis Cardinals in the second inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on May 27, 2012. St. Louis won the game 8-3. UPI/Bill Greenblatt | License Photo

NEW YORK, May 29 (UPI) -- Philadelphia pitcher Roy Halladay will miss 6-8 weeks of the schedule because of a muscle strain, the Phillies said Tuesday.

Halladay was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday, but the injury is expected to keep him out of the lineup for as much as two months. The Phillies said the diagnosis was a right latissimus dorsi strain. The muscle involved is in the middle right side of the back.

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Halladay left Sunday's game against St. Louis after giving up four runs on four hits and a walk in two innings. He allowed five runs in six innings in his previous start against Washington. Halladay is 1-5 with a 5.08 earned run average in his last eight appearances.

Over 15 seasons in the major leagues, Halladay has a 192-97 record and 3.25 ERA. He was voted the Cy Young Award winner in 2003 and 2010. Overall this season, he's 4-5 with a 3.98 ERA.

Catcher Erik Kratz was recalled to take Halladay's place on the roster.

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