Roy Halladay knew the status quo on his ailing shoulder would prevail, that there was no damage to his labrum or rotator cuff, that all he needed was some rest and then he'd return in the six to eight week time frame that was originally prescribed.

It's the future for the Phillies ace that has become a bit murkier, even though Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek agreed Wednesday with the diagnosis of Phillies team physician Dr. Michael Ciccotti, who said Halladay has a strained latissimus dorsi muscle.

Neither doctor found any damage to Halladay's rotator cuff or labrum, which is a much more serious injury. Halladay said he didn't expect them to find anything because he never felt any type of strain.