Time seems to be catching up to Roy Halladay.
Halladay was removed from the Philadelphia Phillies game against the Miami Marlins on Monday night in what preliminary reports are calling “arm fatigue” in his throwing shoulder. Halladay only made it through 3 batters in the Marlins lineup.
Jim Salisbury from CSN had the initial tweet.
Halladay faced three batters. Walked two. Lot of off-speed stuff. Topped at 83. Was sweating a lot — indoors in AC. Garcia new pitcher
— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) September 23, 2013
This is a sad ending to a season for one of the best pitchers of this generation. “Doc” Halladay has not been the same after returning from shoulder surgery. After struggling mightily for a portion of the early season, it seemed like he was trending in a better direction, but his shoulder seems to have had enough.
Halladay is one of the smartest pitchers out there and even if he was able to throw in the low 90′s to high 80′s range he could still find a place in a Major League rotation if he wanted to. If he is topping out in the low 80′s that could spell the end of his career. Halladay is 36 years old and time may finally be up on the all-star.
He won the Cy Young award in 2003 and 2010 and is only the 5th pitcher in history to win the award in each league. I hope this isn’t the last time he pitches but it is tough to deny when an athlete’s body has had enough.