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Roy Halladay exits after two innings with sore shoulder

May 27, 2012, 3:32 PM EDT

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It’s panic time in Philadelphia: Roy Halladay was forced from his start Sunday against the Cardinals after two innings due to a sore shoulder.

Halladay gave up a grand slam to Yadier Molina in the first inning of the contest. He rebounded to work a perfect second inning, but Pete Orr was sent up to pinch-hit for him in the bottom of the inning. St. Louis went on to win the game 8-3.

The Phillies said removing Halladay was a precautionary measure. He’ll be re-evaluated in the next couple of days. No MRI is planned, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com.

If Halladay lands on the DL, it’d be his first trip there as a member of the Phillies. He spent 16 days on the DL with the Blue Jays in 2009 due to a groin strain. The last time he went on the DL with an arm problem was 2004, when he missed two months with a shoulder strain.

Halladay was coming off a loss to Washington in which he gave up five runs in six innings. Including the slam today, he’s given up five homers in his last three starts, covering 16 innings. Last year, he surrendered a total of 10 homers in 233 2/3 innings. Given his diminished velocity and occasionally diminished movement, it’d come as no surprise to learn that his shoulder has been barking for a while now.

  1. baseballisboring - May 27, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Bummer. No one can root against Halladay.

    • bleedgreen - May 27, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      Agree. I’m a Phils fan, but the guy just does everything the right way, and has earned the respect of just about everyone in the game.

  2. xmatt0926x - May 27, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Hopefully he may just need to skip a start or two. If it’s anything serious I just don’t know how the Phillies survive. You already know Worley has to try and gut it out this season with his bone chips and Blanton is unfortunately starting to pitch like Blanton.

    • bleedgreen - May 27, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      Maybe KK can pick it up? He’s been really solid his past 3 starts.

  3. mungman69 - May 27, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    No Halladay, no hope.

  4. amazins4ever - May 27, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Sorry, not wishing injury on any player, but I have no sympathy for any fans (especially) Philly fans when it comes to injuries. The Mets have probably suffered more key injuries than any other MLB team in recent memory, it’s someone else’s turn.

    • baseballisboring - May 27, 2012 at 5:07 PM

      True, especially since the Phillies have had absolutely no injuries this year. At all.

      • amazins4ever - May 27, 2012 at 5:44 PM

        Please, one year of injuries does not equal what the Mets have had to endure for about the last 5 years. They didn’t have their ace (Santana), for the last year 1/2. When Holliday misses that much time, then come talk to me.

      • baseballisboring - May 27, 2012 at 6:15 PM

        A) I don’t understand why I would talk to you about Matt Holliday since he’s on the Cardinals…

        B) Every team deals with injuries, every year. Sometimes it’s your ace. If you have a good team, injuries are often survivable.

        C) Your comment about “it’s someone elses turn” shows about as much maturity as a little girl demanding that her father breaks her sisters toy, because hers got broken and it’s not fair.

  5. undsputed - May 27, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    You want NL East injuries, consider this: Werth, Ramos and one of his backup catchers, LaRoche, Zimmerman, and Storen. They all missed a substantial amount of games but hey, when you’re in first place, no need to make excuses.

    Can’t say I feel bad for Philly. I recall their fans taunting Werth with his severe injury. And given the aging lineup, I can’t imagine it’s going to improve much.

    • amazins4ever - May 27, 2012 at 5:54 PM

      That is definitely a lot for this year, but it’ll be hard to equal what the Mets have had to deal with even before (I think) the Nationals existed. In the past few seasons, Wright, Reyes, Santana, Murphy, Bay, Davis (last year), so many injuries that (I can’t even remember) have kept them out of contention. Mets’ key injuries are the norm, I am numb to them now.

      I wish real life was like a video game where injuries could be set to “off”, so each team can play up to it’s full potential. Unfortunately, this is not the case, which is why I say everyone should have their turn.

      • greymares - May 27, 2012 at 7:26 PM

        ok now name a good player you lost

  6. laeaglefan - May 27, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    This probably means a stint on the DL for Doc is inevitable. Looks like Cole Hamels’ contract leverage has just increased.

  7. rick1922 - May 27, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Roy is 35 years old he will be on the DL alot more often from now on. Lee will also that is why they need to sign Cle Hamels 28 needs long term deal.trade one of the other two for power hitting third ball men.

  8. mrlaloosh - May 27, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    More misery for the fans of Philthadelphia.

  9. randygnyc - May 28, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    I’m going to guess this is a serious injury. He hasn’t been right all year.

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