After last night's 16-pitch outing, Roy Halladay explained the medical issues he's been dealing with aside from having surgery on his shoulder in mid-May.
For one, Halladay said he has a diet-related illness based on his family history. That could explain the stomach issues during spring training as well as the illness earlier this month. Nevertheless, Halladay says he has been taking medication since the beginning of the month and it's working.
Halladay also said he spoke with his surgeon, the famous Dr. Neal ElAttrache, and said the doctor was surprised that the pitcher made it this long without hitting the wall.
"He said, 'You just need rest,'" Halladay told the reporters in Miami. "You need three weeks or more of rest. After the surgery and the whole process of coming back, I only had three, four [weeks] where I did nothing. He said he was surprised I was going to last this long, that I wasn't going to get tired sooner."
So the arm fatigue prognosis is right on. And the weight loss can also be explained.
The future? Who knows what will happen ...
"I don’t know what the future holds," Halladay said. "But I want to go somewhere that wants me and somewhere that’s going to have a shot.
"If things go the way I've been told they’re going to go, I'm going to be able to be competitive next year. I’ve never given up the hope that I could pitch here again, but obviously that’s a mutual decision."
Before the game, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said he would like to work out something with Halladay, but there haven't been any discussions yet. And who knows how those discussions will go. An incentive-laden one-year deal for Halladay seems like it would be agreeable to both sides. But then again, who knows if we'll ever see Roy Halladay out there again. Whatever happens, don't expect Halladay to give up without a fight.
If this is the end, Halladay will go out swinging with whatever he has left.