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Phillies to induct Roy Halladay into Wall of Fame on August 4


The Phillies will posthumously induct pitcher Roy Hallday to the Wall of Fame at Citizens Bank Park on August 4, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News reports.

Halladay died at the age of 40 on November 7 last year when his ICON A5 amphibious plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. An autopsy revealed traces of morphine, amphetamine, Prozac, and Ambien in Halladay’s system.

Halladay spent the last four seasons of his career, from 2010-13, with the Phillies. He went a combined 55-29 with a 3.25 ERA and 622 strikeouts in 702 2/3 innings. The right-hander won the National League Cy Young Award in 2010 and finished as a runner-up in 2011.

The Phillies haven’t inducted a figure into the Wall of Fame since 2016 when Hall of Famer Jim Thome earned the honor. Pete Rose was to be inducted last summer, but the Phillies disinvited him due to a controversy. Halladay will be the first pitcher added to the Wall of Fame since Curt Schilling in 2013. He’ll be the first figure inducted posthumously since broadcaster Harry Kalas in 2009.

After this season, Halladay will become eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.