Roy Halladay and the Philadelphia Phillies have been together since 2010. Unfortunately for Halladay, it looks like they are probably going to be breaking up soon.
In Monday night’s start against the Miami Marlins, Halladay was only able to get through 16 pitches before being taken out of the game with what the Phillies are calling “right arm fatigue”.
Halladay, a free agent after the season, didn’t have anywhere near the velocity that he would normally have. According to Mike Axisa of CBS Sports, the hardest pitch Halladay threw against the Marlins was 83 mph. He was apparently sweating heavily, even though he was playing in an air-conditioned Marlins Park.
Halladay has dealt with shoulder troubles since last season. Earlier this year, Halladay had surgery on his right shoulder. The surgery was meant to go in and “clean up” his shoulder. Even though Halladay was expected to miss the entire 2013 season, he rushed back and was able to return last month.
First of all, the Phillies shouldn’t have allowed Halladay to return; they should have just shut him down for the season. Secondly, he obviously hasn’t been healthy since his return. He has more walks than strikeouts since coming back, and his velocity hasn’t been the same.
“Doc”, Halladay’s well-known nickname, had an outstanding career with the Phillies. Over four seasons, Halladay went 55-28 with 18 complete games and a 3.24 ERA. 2013 wasn’t a good one for Halladay, unfortunately. In just 12 starts, he went just 4-4 with a 6.71 ERA. He also had an extremely high 5.0 BB/9; his career average was just 1.9 BB/9.
Even though Halladay has done so much for the Phillies in his four years there, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. would be a fool to bring him back. He is obviously not the same pitcher he was just a few seasons ago. The Phillies need to focus on rebuilding their roster, not bringing unhealthy veterans back. Someone is probably going to take a chance on Halladay, but the Phillies to let some other team make that mistake.