The rough season for Roy Halladay, the Philadelphia Phillies' ex-Cy Young winner, continued Monday. It might have ended Monday too. Doc pitched to just three batters before leaving the game with what the team is calling "right arm fatigue."
A sweaty Halladay threw 16 pitches to the three Miami Marlins he faced, none of the pitches faster than 83 mph. He walked Dónovan Solano to start the game, got Ed Lucas to foul out, then walked Christian Yelich. An ensuing conference at the mound led to Halladay walking off the field, replaced by Luis Garcia.
Halladay's 2013 started with the ex-ace looking to rebound from a 2012 season in which his ERA ballooned to 4.49. He struggled early in this season too, with his velocity down and ERA plumping up even further. He gave up eight runs on April 30 in three and two-third innings against the Cleveland Indians, then nine runs in two and one-third innings on May 5 against the Marlins.
After those two disasters, Halladay had right shoulder surgery to clean up bone spurs and repair a partially torn rotator cuff. He returned on Aug. 25 and, until Monday, had looked better than his pre-surgery self. He had a 4.28 ERA in five starts, but hadn't pitched more than six innings in any of them.
He did, however, have a solid outing in his previous start, which also came against the Marlins. He pitched six innings and gave up only one run on four hits.
There's a good chance we don't see Halladay again this season, considering all that he's been through. And that means we have to wonder about his future. Halladay, 36, is a free agent after this year, with a $20 million option the Phillies won't pick up. What's the market for Halladay? Will he even try?
As rough as the last two years have been for Halladay, they won't make us forget how great he was in his prime. He won the Cy Young award in 2003 and 2010. From 2002-2011, he was 170-75 with a 2.97 ERA and an average of 219 innings pitched per season.