Phillies uncertain whether Roy Halladay will start again

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Roy Halladay will throw a bullpen session Wednesday before a decision is made on his status for the final few days of the season, CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury reports.

Halladay’s turn is due to come Thursday, but the Phillies have already announced that rookie Tyler Cloyd will fill in then. If all goes well Wednesday, Halladay might make a start Saturday against the Marlins.

Halladay admitted to experiencing spasms in the back of his shoulder after getting lit up for seven runs by the Braves last Saturday. Given that they’ve fallen back in the wild card standings, one would think the Phillies would shut him down to protect their investment. However, Halladay would resist such a move if he feels he’s healthy.

“Roy wants to pitch,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “If it’s important to him, I agree with that. I want to see my guys play. But if he’s hurt, I don’t want to see him out there. We’ll listen to the trainers and kind of go from there.”

Mike Trout has a torn thumb ligament, could require surgery

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Yesterday Mike Trout left the Marlins-Angels game after hurting his thumb while sliding head first into second base. After the game the Angels talked about it as if it were just a sprain. Trout had an MRI today, however, and the diagnosis is far worse: he has a torn thumb ligament.

While a treatment option has not yet been chosen, surgery is a possibility. A certainty is that he’ll miss, at the very least, several weeks of play. He has been placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career.

Trout, the reigning AL MVP and, without question, the best player in baseball, is batting .337/.461/.742 with 16 home runs, 36 RBI, 36 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 206 plate appearances this season. Even with the one of the weaker supporting casts in baseball, Trout had the Angels near .500 and in at least arguable contention in the AL West.

Without him, they are likely sunk. Without him, baseball is worse off.

Basebrawl! Harper, Strickland punch away, Nats-Giants fight

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SAN FRANCISCO — Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland both landed punches to the head during a wild brawl that erupted Monday after a hit by pitch.

Harper was hit in the right hip by Strickland’s 98 mph fastball in the eighth inning with Washington ahead 2-0.

Harper pointed the bat toward Strickland, charged the mound and fired his batting helmet wide of the pitcher. They started to swing away and they each connected as the benches and bullpens emptied.

At least two Giants players forcefully dragged Strickland from the middle of the brawl all the way into the dugout. Harper and Strickland were both ejected.

In the 2014 NL Division Series, Harper hit two home runs off Strickland. After the star’s second shot, in Game 4, he stared at Strickland as he rounded the bases.