After posting a 8.65 ERA through his first seven starts this season, Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to right shoulder inflammation. Halladay had kept his ailment under wraps for over a week after first experiencing pain in his shoulder following a start against Pittsburgh on April 25. He made two starts since, allowing seven earned runs across six total innings.
Halladay’s struggles and injury problems are both a continuation of his 2012 season. Last year he was on the disabled list for over six weeks with a lat strain, forcing him to miss the entire month of June. This time it’s his shoulder, but it seems to be affecting his performance even more.
Last season was Halladay’s worst since joining Philadelphia, he had a 4.49 ERA which was his highest mark since 2000. This was after six straight years of finishing in the top five of Cy Young voting, the first four with Toronto. In 2013 his ERA is nearly twice as bad as last year's so far as Halladay allowed at least five earned runs in four of his seven starts.
Halladay’s recent outings made it pretty clear something was up with the former ace and now this. It is just a 15-day DL stint, but those who have watched him closely are fearing the worst. CSNphilly.com columnist John Gonzalez speculates it could be the beginning of the end for the veteran hurler. He is 35 years old and hasn’t been effective in over a year. He is also scheduled to see Dr. Lewis Yocum, the renowned surgeon who performed Stephen Strasburg’s Tommy John procedure.
Halladay is scheduled to return during the Phillies’ series against the Marlins in two weeks and would make his second start against the Nats five days later. Will Washington see the Halladay of old? It sounds like there is an increasing chance they never see that guy again.