After only two innings pitched, Roy Halladay left Sundays 8-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals because of soreness in his shoulder. He is due to start again Saturday in Florida against the Miami Marlins but team officials would not give any promises nor hint at the extent of the injury or say how long he could possibly be out.
According to Mike Still of MLB.com, Halladay said it was a nagging pain in his shoulder that lingered throughout the game:
"You have this stuff from time to time, and most times, if you take care of it, it kind of goes away," Halladay said after the 8-3 loss. "But it never seemed to go away. It was there basically throughout the game. [I] didn't want to say anything. I think it was the right call. It's hard for any pitcher to come and tell their coach they need to come out. I don't know if I would have done that. I probably would have kept going."
According to Still, Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee indicated that taking out Halladay was more of a precautionary measure but that he would meet with doctors on Tuesday:
"I know he's had a cranky shoulder, and he hasn't looked right," Dubee said. "[He] didn't look right today, and I knew he wasn't going to come out of the game. So I basically said that was enough."
Halladay finished the day pitching just two innings, allowing four runs, four hits and a walk. He had no strikeouts on the day. The pain first surfaced last Tuesday in a loss against the Nationals when he pitched six innings and allowed five runs on nine hits.
Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com tweeted that a scout said after the loss to the Nationals that Halladay looked "the worst I've ever seen him."
https://twitter.com/JonHeymanCBS/status/206847008433119233 If Halladay is unable to pitch on Saturday and ends up being out for an extended period of time, look for the Phillies to call upon one of their triple-A Lehigh Valley starters. Vance Worley, the right-handed pitcher for the Phillies, still has an inflamed right elbow and Bob Brookover of the Boston Herald reported that Phillies manager Scott Proefrock confirmed that Worley "hasn’t even thrown a bullpen yet."