Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay exited Monday's game with the trainer after facing just three batters. It was the shortest outing of his 16-year career. The team is officially calling it "right arm fatigue."
Halladay, 36, was very clearly laboring during the five-strike, 16-pitch outing. He was sweating heavily -- the game was played indoors at air-conditioned Marlins Park -- and his hardest pitch was clocked at 83 mph. The PitchFX system classified his fastballs as changeups.
Earlier this season, Halladay had surgery to clean up his pitching shoulder. He was expected to miss the remainder of the season, but he returned to the team late last month and has a 4.28 ERA with more walks (17) than strikeouts (16) in five starts back. It was obvious something physically was not right on Monday.
Halladay has been dealing with shoulder problems since last year, but he was arguably the best pitcher in the world as recently as 2011. He is due to become a free agent this offseason and he'll be one of the most fascinating players available. Halladay is not the same pitcher he was once, but his track record will be hard to ignore.