It has been a trying and treacherous year for Roy Halladay, and on Monday, things got even worse for the Phillies right-hander. The club placed Halladay on the 15-day disabled list due to inflammation in his right (throwing) shoulder, and a visit to the renowned Dr. Lewis Yocum looms ahead.
Halladay has struggled mightily to start 2013, posting a highly uncharacteristic 8.65 ERA in his seven starts, and with the terrible overall performance (6.22 FIP in addition to the ERA), his walk rate has spiked to a career-high 4.46 per 9 innings. He was quick to point out on Sunday that this shoulder injury was a “new” one for him, and that it only began to bother him after a start in Pittsburgh on April 24th.
It is unclear whether Halladay is simply hurt, or whether he has lost the ability to perform in the way that he always has in the past. After 2700+ innings, it wouldn’t be shocking to see a downturn from the former Cy Young winner, but it would be pretty surprising if his massive slide wasn’t injury-related.
Stay tuned as the results of Halladay’s doctor visit come to light, and as the Phillies hope to get their workhorse back on the mound.