Halladay leaves after three batters

The SportsXchange

MIAMI -- Philadelphia Phillies starter Roy Halladay was removed after just three batters -- two of whom drew walks -- in Monday night's game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park.

Halladay, who was replaced by right-hander Luis Garcia, went one-third of an inning, getting Ed Lucas to foul out. He threw 16 pitches, only five of them for strikes and nothing faster than 83 mph.

It is the shortest start of Halladay's career.

After the first inning was over, the Phillies announced that Halladay was removed due to "right arm fatigue."

This has been a troubling season for the 36-year-old Halladay. He entered Monday with a 4-4 record and a 6.71 ERA. His ERA went up to 6.82 after Garcia allowed one of his inherited runners to score.

It is by far Halladay's worse season since 2000, which is before he established himself as one of the game's best pitchers. He went on to become an eight-time All-Star and winner of two Cy Young awards.

Halladay pitched a perfect game against the Marlins just three seasons ago on May 29, 2010.
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