After two more bad starts, including his most recent in a 14-2 shellacking by the hapless Miami Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay is getting his right shoulder examined in Los Angeles. After the game, Halladay admitted his shoulder had been hurting since April 24. His two subsequent starts were, shall we say, ineffective.
Halladay is 2-3 this season with a 6.75 ERA. Virtually every metric shows that he has not been the force he once was. He is still striking out batters at a good rate, but he is getting hit much, much more and is allowing one home run every four innings.
Tim Lincecum can probably tell Halladay what it feels like to sink from 200-plus inning ace to mediocre sideshow. Which is sort of the point. Halladay is 36 and has been a stud for the better part of the past decade. He went from highly-regarded prospect and burgeoning ace with the Toronto Blue Jays to the cornerstone of Philly’s loaded rotation.
Halladay says this latest issue isn’t the same one that forced him to miss time in 2012. But following his 11-8 record last year, Halladay might just be experiencing the wear and tear of being a major-league pitcher for 15-plus seasons.
Obviously, this is a wait-and-see situation for the Phillies and those of us who need to post about things on the Internet. In the short term, this may be addition by subtraction for Philadelphia, which won’t have to trot its ailing ace out there just to get shelled.