Halladay has 'mild to moderate' groin strain

Halladay has 'mild to moderate' groin strain

PHILADELPHIA -- Roy Halladay told Phillies manager Charlie Manuel on Saturday he is OK.

Halladay pulled his right groin Thursday in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the Giants at AT&T Park. A MRI exam on Friday in Philadelphia showed Halladay has a "mild to moderate" strain.

"He said he's ready to go," Manuel said when asked if Halladay could pitch in relief this weekend at Citizens Bank Park. "He said anytime I need him, he's ready to go. That's what he told me. But I'll go back and check with our medical staff, too. But Roy's going to be fine. I feel good about him."

But Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said a short time later Halladay probably will not pitch in relief this weekend.

"I doubt it, but I don't know," Amaro said.

Would Manuel risk pitching Halladay with an injured groin anyway knowing they would need him in the World Series, if they get that far?

"I can pretty much answer [that] I'm not going to use him tonight," Manuel said. "We'll see tomorrow. If we get to tomorrow, we'll see. We're going to get to tomorrow. I don't want to say if we get there, because we are going to get there."