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Roy Halladay pulled after three batters due to arm fatigue, done for season

Sep 23, 2013, 7:52 PM EDT

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Roy Halladay has seen better days.

According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Halladay was pulled in the first inning of his start tonight against the Marlins after facing just three batters. It was the shortest start of his MLB career.

Halladay walked two batters in his brief outing and topped out at just 83 mph. Those are some troubling signs for someone coming off shoulder surgery, but the Phillies are calling it “right arm fatigue.” Either way, there’s a good chance he has thrown his final pitch this year and perhaps his last in a Phillies uniform. It’s a bummer to see one of the game’s best fall from grace so rapidly.

Halladay has a 4.55 ERA and 16/19 K/BB ratio in 27 2/3 innings since coming off the disabled list and a 6.82 ERA and 51/36 K/BB ratio over 62 innings for the year. The 36-year-old will be a free agent this winter.

UPDATE: Halladay told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer after the game that he will not pitch again this season.

  1. pinkfloydprism - Sep 23, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Most likely this was “Screw this crap, I am done…”

  2. steelers88 - Sep 23, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    He should just retire his not the same anymore.

  3. dkphilly1122 - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    It is sad to see it happen so fast to one of the games best pitchers. He needs to just retire. Call it a career Doc. We have nothing but respect for you, enjoy retirement and spend some of that money you got!!

  4. flamethrower101 - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    But ask the Phillies and they’ll say his need was a matter of urgency.

    He’s been awful all year and I’ll argue he’s been worse since coming off DL. He’s not striking out as many guys as before and now he’s WALKING more than he’s striking out. And after today, I’ll be surprised if he gets anything more than a minor league deal this winter.

    Such a shame to see such a dominant force fall so quickly. Was only two years ago he posted a career best ERA at age 34.

  5. chill1184 - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Is it time for Hallady to learn the knuckleball?

    • flamethrower101 - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:17 PM

      No but maybe Jamie Moyer will take him under his wing. You know, unless he’s trying to learn the knuckleball.

  6. thebigtim2012 - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    This is not an accusation just posing a question. Does such a rapid descent deserve a ped eyebrow raising? I’ve never heard a peep about doc playing the game anything but right but his fall from grace was so fast it makes me curious. I hate with all my soul the fact that in this day in age everybody is a potential suspect but those few bad apples have caused this. I can’t see him as a user but I’ve been fooled many times before, and if he stopped using his numbers would fall pretty rapidly as well as an increase in injuries. If Dan the ahole shaughnessy gets to suggest Ortiz was using because he’s from the Dominican and started off on a tear where is the questions when a white guy all if a sudden goes from a superstar to a liability. Just askin some questions not accusing.

    • cohnjusack - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      PEDS! The do everything. Player good in his late 30s? PEDS! Falling off a cliff? PEDS! Injured too much? PEDS! Never injured? PEDS! Career best year? PEDS! Off year? Suddenly off PEDS!

  7. mungman69 - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Hey Doc; you can’t pitch anymore. It’s time to retire gracefully. It would make no sense to try to pitch next year. You have enough money and the Hall of Fame will call in 5 years. You were the best in your day but that day is done.

  8. tuberippin - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Y’know, I’m a big Phils fan, but in the pre-TJ days they used to call an arm injury “dead arm” or a “fatigued arm” or a “tired arm.” Sounds like “right arm fatigue” has the same kind of implication to it…

  9. thebigtim2012 - Sep 24, 2013 at 3:27 AM

    Cohnjusak your making my point. Well one of them anyway. Due to the aholes that did cheat every anomaly can be colored as ped use. It friggin sucks.

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