Orr optioned, Halladay 'absolutely' will make next start

Peter Orr was optioned to Lehigh Valley to make room for Shane Victorino. (Michael Bryant / Staff Photographer)

Not sure how the weather is in the rest of the country, but here in Chicago it feels like somebody turned on the sink and the shower and then shut the bathroom door. Humidity does not do the conditions justice. You could throw some peas and ham into the air and make soup. Roy Halladay was never himself last night, looking weak and shaky for most of the four-plus innings he spent on the mound. The Phillies replaced him after he allowed a leadoff single in the fifth. Manager Charlie Manuel said there was some concern that Halladay was dehydrated.

Of course, both teams had to play in the conditions, and the Cubs played better, even though they sent career journeyman Rodrigo Lopez to the mound to face Halladay, whose last action came in last week's All-Star Game.

Halladay said through a Phillies spokesman that he "absolutely" will make his next start. The Phillies have an off day on Thursday, so they could do some things with their rotation. But there is no indication that Halladay is suffering from anything worse than heat exhaustion or dehydration.

The other post-game tid-bit: the Phillies have optioned utilityman Pete Orr back to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room for center fielder Shane Victorino, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list.

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