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Roy Halladay has had more than arm trouble to worry about

Sep 24, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

Roy Halladay AP

We posted about Roy Halladay’s short outing yesterday and how arm fatigue contributed to his low velocity and ineffectiveness. But’s Jim Salisbury updated his Halladay story last night with a pretty ominous note:

“Halladay admitted that this has been a “stressful” season. He went on to admit that he’s dealt with more than shoulder issues. He said he recently began taking medication for an illness related to diet.

“We got it figured out,” said Halladay, whose weight is noticeably down. “Some of it’s personal. It’s a family history deal. It took us a while to figure out the cause and basically it’s related to diet. They put me on some medicine that will prevent that from happening and ever since then it’s been great.”

On the one hand that makes it all the more amazing that he even managed to pitch this season. Some other players have had weight and fatigue issues without significant injuries and can’t even make it on the field.  On the other hand, if Halladay is dealing with a chronic condition, it makes it all the harder to see how he can even approach his old form.

  1. gothapotamus90210 - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:36 AM


  2. rbj1 - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:35 AM


  3. tuberippin - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Let’s all baselessly speculate on what the diet issue was/is.

    • bfunk1978 - Sep 24, 2013 at 7:53 PM

      Yes, let’s. My guess is anorexia.

    • cur68 - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      I’m going with Prader–Willi syndrome

  4. Cris E - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    lactose intolerance
    radiation poisoning

    It could be anything, we’ll have to go through his trash to know for sure.

    • kevinbnyc - Sep 24, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      That hereditary radiation poisoning is really hard to kick.

  5. jlinatl - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Classy player throughout his career… I hope he’s ok. It may be better for him to shut it down for the year and work on a longer term approach. It’s not like the Phillies need him for anything this season.

    There’s no sense jeopardizing his health. I hope he’s back next year.

    • gloccamorra - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      His option didn’t vest so he’s a free agent in 2014 for his age 37 year, coming off injury. He may not want to play for the kind of teams who would take a chance on him, especially not for $20 million.

  6. flyinhighwithvick - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Borderline Hall of Famer, class act, hard worker….you name it, he’s it. But he’s done.

  7. leftywildcat - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    He would make a great Philadelphia Phillies pitching coach.

    • Shayna - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      He has been and, I hope, will be again a great pitcher. But a coach? Not so much.

      Read what his teammates say about him and it’s all about his leading by example, demonstrating good discipline and work habits to allow the best use of his natural talents. But he doesn’t relate well to other players personally, it seems; he’s aloof, abstract, and distant.

      And I suspect he would be a prime example of someone who’s phenomenally skilled in performance but can’t break down what he does in order to transmit it to someone less gifted. He might not be the best coach for someone who’s merely mortal and not among the best pitchers on the planet, as he has been for so long.

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