After facing just three hitters and throwing 16 pitches, Halladay was yanked from the game and left in a dripping sweat and flushed face. The official word from the Phillies was "right arm fatigue" for Halladay, which is plausible. Halladay had shoulder surgery in May and has been throwing a baseball for a month.
Indeed, Halladay's arm could very well be tired.
But what was with the sweat? And what is with the weight loss? And what was with the look of total fear on his face as the team gathered around Halladay on the mound after walking the third hitter he faced?
Yes, Halladay has lost at least 10 pounds since missing a start last week with an illness. His arm is fatigued, but then again, everything looks fatigued. His fastball, the only one he threw on Monday, topped out at 83-mph.
Could it have been Halladay's last start as a Phillie? Halladay is scheduled to start again on Saturday in Atlanta, but after the game he told the reporters in Miami that he won't pitch again this year. With free agency looming, who knows what to expect from Halladay going forward. Yes, maybe he needs the winter to regroup and recharge before picking up a ball to ramp up for a season ...
But is that all that's ailing Halladay?
Before the game general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. talked to the scribes and insisted that Halladay is healthy.
"We talked a lot about it," Amaro told the reporters in Miami. "He said he's ready to pitch, and he pitched. He wanted to pitch. We weren't going to hold him back, especially if the doctor said he couldn't do any damage. . . . He's still getting paid, he should pitch."
Stay tuned to this one. There's a lot more developing.