Roy Halladay was forced from his start Monday against the Cubs because of a heat-related illness, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports.
The gametime temperature in Chicago tonight was 91 degrees. CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury points out that Halladay opened the game with red undershirt, but that it was gone when he came out for the fourth inning.
His early departure ended a string of 63 straight road starts in which he had lasted at least six innings. It was the longest such streak since The Big Train, Walter Johnson, did it in 82 starts in a row from 1911-15.
Halladay was charged with three runs in four-plus innings in the game and went on to take the loss in a 6-1 game. It was his shortest outing since he left his June 12, 2009 start for the Blue Jays with a groin injury in the fourth.
Former Phillies right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez died in a traffic accident in Havana on Thursday, per reports from the El Nuevo Herald and CiberCuba. No other deaths or injuries have been reported in connection to the accident. Gonzalez was 34 years old.
The Cuban righty defected from his home country in 2013 and signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Phillies. A bout of right shoulder tendinitis compromised his bid for a major league role, but he finally broke through to the big leagues at the tail end of the 2014 season and turned in a 6.75 ERA, 5.1 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 in just six outings. Another case of shoulder inflammation derailed any progress he might have made in 2015, however, and he recorded just five innings in Triple-A Lehigh Valley before the team officially released him prior to the 2016 season.
The Phillies released a statement following news of Gonzalez’s death: