September 23, 2013
Roy Halladay Faces Three Batters, Exits Game With Arm Fatigue

Roy Halladay is in a world of hurt after exiting the Phillie's game three hitters into the night. The pitching icon walked off the field with "right arm fatigue" and, at 36-years-old, his career is in question.

The Philadelphia Phillies were taking on the Miami Marlins in Miami on Monday night with the usually reliable "Doc" Halladay on the mound. Unfortunately, this season has been anything but "usual" for both Halladay and Phillies.

Roy Halladay was placed on the disabled list early in May with a right shoulder injury. He had surgery to remove a bone spur from his throwing shoulder and repair his fraying rotator cuff and labrum. On August 25th he returned to the majors and had a very Halladay type performance. Against the ArizonaDiamondbacks, he lasted six innings and allowed two runs.

Fast forward to Monday night and the wheels came off the bus. Halladay faced three batters. He recorded one out on 16 pitches. Of those 16 pitches, only five were thrown for strikes. Not a line you expect from a three-time 20-game winner.

On the season, Halladay's era sits at 6.82. He finished the 2012 season with a 4.49 era. In 2011 his era was a tiny 2.35 and he won 19 games. In 2010 he had a 2.44 era, 21 wins, and won the National League Cy Young Award. He also threw a perfect game in 2010 and a post season no-hitter.

As you can see, things went downhill quickly for Roy Halladay. In two seasons he's gone from one of the most dominant starting pitchers in all of baseball to a free agent question mark. His contract is over in Philadelphia after this season, and it will hard to see a team taking a chance on him.

If he was younger it might be a different story.

With Roy Halladay's amazing career, it would be a real shame to see his it end after facing three batters. With a fastball that topped out at 83 mph, that could sadly be the case.

Do you think Roy Halladay's career is over?

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