Phillies manager Charlie Manuel informed the media after Thursday’s NLCS Game 5 victory that staff ace Roy Halladay suffered a mild pull in his groin during the second inning of his seven-inning effort against the Giants. This according to Major League Baseball’s official Twitter feed.
Halladay was obviously able to pitch through the pain, but he lost some velocity on his fastball and probably won’t be available out of the bullpen even if the Phillies push the NLCS to a Game 7.
If the Phils do win the final two games of their seven-game set against San Francisco and advance to the World Series, we’d expect Halladay to start Game 1 of the Fall Classic. Of course, that follows an assumption that the workhorse right-hander won’t wake up Friday with increased soreness.
Halladay allowed only two runs on Thursday and the Phillies are headed back to Citizens Bank Park.
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY reports that the Mariners have received “strong” trade interest for starter Taijuan Walker. The right-hander is currently on the mend from tendinitis in his right foot. He’ll throw a bullpen on Friday at Wrigley Field with scouts in attendance.
Walker, 23, has a 3.66 ERA with an 80/18 K/BB ratio in 86 innings this season. It’s his first bit of sustained success at the major league level. What’s arguably just as intriguing is the fact that Walker will be under team control through 2020.
The Mariners have been hovering around .500 for the last month and entered Thursday six games behind the first-place Rangers in the AL West and 4.5 games out of the second AL Wild Card slot, behind three other teams as well as the two Wild Card leaders. It’s enough uncertainty which could push the Mariners to sell.
On Monday, we learned that the Mets offered to swap catchers with the Brewers, Travis d'Arnaud for Jonathan Lucroy. The Brewers, as expected, turned that down. The two still continue to discuss a trade involving Lucroy, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
The Mets certainly could use some help at catcher. The club has gotten an aggregate .608 OPS from their backstops, the fourth-lowest mark in baseball, ahead of only the Pirates, Rays, and Indians. However, the Mets seem to be behind other teams — including a “mystery” team — in the bidding, according to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball.
Lucroy, who took Thursday off, is batting .300/.361/.486 with 13 home runs and 50 RBI in 371 plate appearances for the Brewers this season. He can become a free agent after the season if his controlling club opts against picking up his $5.25 million option for the 2017 season.