Roy Halladay has seen better days.
According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Halladay was pulled in the first inning of his start tonight against the Marlins after facing just three batters. It was the shortest start of his MLB career.
Halladay walked two batters in his brief outing and topped out at just 83 mph. Those are some troubling signs for someone coming off shoulder surgery, but the Phillies are calling it “right arm fatigue.” Either way, there’s a good chance he has thrown his final pitch this year and perhaps his last in a Phillies uniform. It’s a bummer to see one of the game’s best fall from grace so rapidly.
Halladay has a 4.55 ERA and 16/19 K/BB ratio in 27 2/3 innings since coming off the disabled list and a 6.82 ERA and 51/36 K/BB ratio over 62 innings for the year. The 36-year-old will be a free agent this winter.
UPDATE: Halladay told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer after the game that he will not pitch again this season.
On Sunday, we learned that while the Nationals would continue to pay their minor leaguers throughout the month of June, their weekly stipend would be lowered by 25 percent, from $400 to $300. In an incredible act of solidarity, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his teammates put out a statement, saying they would be covering the missing $100 from the stipends.
After receiving some criticism, the Nationals reversed course, agreeing to pay their minor leaguers their full $400 weekly stipend.
Doolittle and co. have not withdrawn their generosity. On Wednesday, Doolittle released another statement, saying that he and his major league teammates would continue to offer financial assistance to Nationals minor leaguers through the non-profit organization More Than Baseball.
The full statement:
Washington Nationals players were excited to learn that our minor leaguers will continue receiving their full stipends. We are grateful that efforts have been made to restore their pay during these challenging times.
We remain committed to supporting them. Nationals players are partnering with More Than Baseball to contribute funds that will offer further assistance and financial support to any minor leaguers who were in the Nationals organization as of March 1.
We’ll continue to stand with them as we look forward to resuming our 2020 MLB season.
Kudos to Doolittle and the other Nationals continuing to offer a helping hand in a trying time. The players shouldn’t have to subsidize their employers’ labor expenses, but that is the world we live in today.