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Injury to cost pitcher Roy Halladay his 2014 vesting option?

Other than three grounds-crew members, Roy Halladay was the lone soul on the field early Sunday morning at Citizens Bank Park. He ran sprints on the warning track, which probably offered little solace for the weeks of rest ahead. If Halladay’s bad shoulder forces an absence of eight weeks, as suggested, it could make him a free agent one season sooner than expected.

Halladay signed a three-year, $60 million deal before 2010 with a $20 million vesting option for 2014 that automatically activates if three conditions are met:

1. He throws at least 225 innings in 2013.

2. He isn’t on the disabled list at the end of 2013.

3. He throws at least 415 innings total in 2012 and 2013.

Reaching stipulation No. 3 will be extremely difficult if Halladay misses these eight weeks. In the first third of the season, he made 11 starts and threw 721/3 innings. If he returns in eight weeks, he could make about 22 starts this season.