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.