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.
We’ve poked fun often at the spring training trope of players showing up to camp in the “best shape of [their] life.” Reds first baseman Joey Votto has turned that entirely on its head. Talking about his offseason, the 2010 NL MVP said, “I tried to get fatter. I succeeded at that apparently. We did all the testing and I am fatter,” Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Votto, of course, wasn’t trying to say he’s not in shape; he was just using some of his trademark self-deprecating humor.
Votto did get serious when discussing the state of the rebuilding Reds. As Buchanan also reported, Votto said, “I think we’re starting to get to the point where people are starting to get tired of this stretch of ball. I think something needs to start changing and start going in a different direction. I’m going to do my part to help make that change.”
Votto, 34, is under contract with the Reds through at least 2023, so he still has plenty of incentive to help see the rebuild through. He has been nothing short of stellar over the last three seasons. This past season, he hit .320/.454/.578 with 36 home runs, 100 RBI, and 106 runs scored in 707 appearances across all 162 games. Votto led the majors in walks (134) and on-base percentage and led the National League in OPS (1.032).
Despite Votto’s presence, both FanGraphs and PECOTA are projecting the Reds to put up a 74-88 record. The club had a pretty quiet offseason, expecting to enter 2018 with largely the same roster as last year.