Philadelphia Phillies: Should Roy Halladay Have Returned This Season?

By Rebekah Milsted
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The Philadelphia Phillies have known for quite some time that they were not going to be making a playoff run this season. They have been giving their regular players more days off so an injury doesn’t occur. Roy Halladay was on the disabled list from May until the end of August. Did the Phillies bring Halladay back too early?

Halladay was on the disabled list for a shoulder injury. He ended up having surgery which is big not just for a pitcher, but for any athlete. He was supposed to stay in rehabilitation longer, but the Phillies needed a pitcher to come up. They decided Halladay was ready.

In my opinion, Halladay should have had more time and maybe the rest of the season. The Phillies may have needed a pitcher, but they weren’t playing to get anywhere. Halladay could have used the time in the minors to develop his pitches more and try and get more velocity. At 36-years-old, Halladay should not be worried about rushing back. He should be focused on being healthy.

Since he has been back, Halladay has pitched in four games. In 21 innings pitched, he has given up 12 earned runs and three home runs. He has an ERA of 5.06, which makes his season ERA 7.28. This is not the Halladay anyone expected to see this season.

If the Phillies wanted Halladay to come back and pitch to show teams his trade value, I would say it is the Phillies’ loss. He is showing he does not have much left. If he had more time down in the minors, maybe he would have recovered better and have more value.

It will be interesting to see where Halladay is pitching next season. It will also be interesting to see what level he is pitching at. Only time will tell.

Rebekah is a Philadelphia Phillies writer for Follow her on Twitter and Google+

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