Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay did not look right on Saturday afternoon, allowing seven earned runs to the Braves without making it past the second inning.
And there’s apparently a good reason for that.
According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Halladay paid a visit to a doctor on Friday after experiencing mild muscle spasms in his throwing shoulder. He was not asked to undergo an MRI and was obviously cleared for his Saturday start, but it’s quite clear that he is not operating at (or anywhere near) 100 percent health here in late September.
Halladay told reporters that he believes he can finish out the season, but one has to wonder if the 77-75 Phillies are going to let him. They’re currently four games out in the NL Wild Card chase.
Halladay has registered a 4.40 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 125/33 K/BB ratio across 151 1/3 innings this summer. The 35-year-old is under contract for $20 million in 2013 and carries a vesting option for 2014.
Athletics right-hander Jharel Cotton will undergo Tommy John surgery, per an announcement on Saturday. Cotton initially experienced some elbow soreness during a Cactus League start earlier this week and was officially diagnosed with a strained ulnar collateral ligament and strained flexor muscle on Thursday. He’ll be out of commission until 2019 at the earliest.
This isn’t the first time Cotton has dealt with elbow issues. According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, he had screws inserted in his right elbow after sustaining a stress fracture in 2013 and suffered some minor elbow discomfort again last fall. Prior to his diagnosis, the 26-year-old was poised for his third run with the A’s in 2018. He pitched his first full season with the club in 2017, turning in a 5.58 ERA, 3.7 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 in 24 starts and 129 innings.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle adds that the team is open to adding pitching depth this spring, though they’ll wait to see if the price goes down on some free agents first. Barring that, right-handed long reliever Andrew Triggs could be tabbed to fill the fifth spot in the rotation.