September 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Weeks before he reappeared in a major-league game, Roy Halladay set the bar high for himself. He stood in the middle of the Phillies clubhouse, ready to begin a rehab assignment from shoulder surgery, and spoke about competing. "I'm not interested in coming back and pitching at the same level I was early this year," Halladay said Aug. 7. "I want to come back and pitch at a high level. " He failed to finish five innings Thursday in a 10-5 Phillies victory over San Diego.
May 30, 2012 |
NEW YORK - The Phillies on Tuesday placed star righthander Roy Halladay on the disabled list retroactive to Monday with a strained muscle in his right shoulder and back. The injury could keep him out of the lineup for up to two months. Halladay strained his latissimus dorsi, the team said. That muscle is defined by the Oxford Dictionary of Sports Science and Medicine as the broad back muscle that swings the arm backward and rotates it inward. Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said that Halladay will be shut down a minimum of three weeks and that the team hopes to have him back pitching in six to eight weeks.
March 19, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The T-shirts and jerseys that engulfed the ballpark on a St. Patrick's Day Sunday afternoon were greener than the freshly cut grass at Bright House Field. But when Roy Halladay didn't return to his perch on the mound in the middle of the field for the second inning of the Phillies' game against the Baltimore Orioles, those green tops might as well have turned into blinking red lights. Panic. Halladay, whose right arm is the biggest key to the Phillies' rebounding from a .500 season to return the postseason, has had a bit of a bad week.
September 23, 2012 |
This has been a season in which the Phillies have seen nearly everything, and now, after Roy Halladay left the mound at Citizens Bank Park to scattered boos on Saturday afternoon, they have heard everything as well. Halladay may have not deserved better from the game itself - he took little of his traditional arsenal to the mound with him - but he deserved at least a better last memory from what should really be his final appearance of the season. After the game, Halladay said he has experienced spasms behind his shoulder recently, but also said he would prefer to work through those issues and take his final two starts.
April 15, 2013 |
Brad Lidge announced his retirement during spring training and is pursuing a master's degree in archaeology from the University of Leicester in England. "It's a distance [online] program," Lidge said by phone from his home in Boulder, Colo. During the latter stages of his career with the Phillies, Lidge earned a degree in digging for answers when the life leaves your right arm, the same difficult course that two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay is trying to navigate now. "I think the greatest challenge, which is also the most frustrating part, is the length of time it takes to figure out what to do and how to get hitters out when you're not using Plan A anymore," Lidge said Saturday by phone from Boulder.
April 9, 2013 |
A text message awaited Roy Halladay on Monday night. Again, he had failed when 99 pitches from his right arm yielded seven runs over four innings in a 7-2 Phillies loss to the New York Mets. He slammed the ball in his glove before surrendering it and kicked at the mound dirt with both feet. "You are my hero," the text message said. It was sent by Braden, his 12-year-old son. For a moment, Halladay cracked a smile. He craves perspective during his most trying days as a professional athlete.
September 23, 2012 |
Roy Halladay did not watch his 89-m.p.h. fastball fly Saturday when everything crumbled. An 8-2 Phillies loss to Atlanta was five batters old at crestfallen Citizens Bank Park. The silence was interrupted when that fastball, now a three-run Braves homer, smacked a large advertisement in right field. Bang. Only then did Halladay turn his head. It was difficult not to stare. Halladay threw 51 pitches, recorded five outs, and was charged with seven runs. Those images were later replaced by a somber Halladay verbalizing failure inside the Phillies clubhouse.
November 17, 2010 |
When Roy Halladay was named the winner of the National League Cy Young Award on Tuesday, he was golfing in Mexico with Mike Sweeney, Chris Carpenter, and Chris Young. Yes, even Halladay knows how to take a vacation and find a foursome somewhere. In a few weeks, Halladay will once again beat just about everyone to the Phillies' spring training complex in Clearwater, Fla. (After realizing this could be a problem, they gave the man his own key.) He has already begun an arm-strengthening program.
March 13, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Phillies' angst-o-meter had been turned off during the first four weeks of spring training. Ryan Howard was playing every day, Chase Utley said his knees felt fine, and Roy Halladay's most memorable moment was a purpose pitch he threw behind the back of Washington's Tyler Moore last week. No reason to worry here. Until now. In his fourth Grapefruit League start Tuesday at Bright House Field, Halladay had a lifeless fastball that topped out around 87 m.p.h.