It could be worse.

Keep that in mind as you digest this: Roy Halladay will be sidelined for six to eight weeks after being diagnosed with a Grade 1-2 strain of his latissimus dorsi muscle – or lat – behind his right shoulder.

The immediate treatment for Halladay will be rest. He will be shut down from throwing for three weeks. After that he will begin a strength and rehab program designed to get him back on a big-league mound in six to eight weeks. That timetable would put Halladay's return sometime in the final two weeks of July.

"We hate to have him down, but it's not something that requires a [surgical] procedure," assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said in making the announcement about Halladay on Tuesday afternoon. A tear in the rotator cuff or labrum would have been more serious injuries that could require surgery.