Report: Phillies’ Halladay leaves team

Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay was away from the team for personal reasons Thursday following an uncharacteristic performance Wednesday night in which he surrendered a 6-0 lead.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the 34-year-old is healthy, but has left the club due to a family issue. He is expected to rejoin the team Friday in Washington, D.C.

He reportedly told manager Charlie Manuel earlier in the week he would need to be away from the team for the final game of the series in Atlanta.

After speaking to reporters following Wednesday’s 15-13, 11-inning loss, the right-hander was seen leaving the clubhouse with a small suitcase.

The two-time Cy Young winner was at a loss to explain Wednesday night’s sudden turn of events, which saw him give up eight runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

"I wish I had a better reason, but I don’t," he said. "It was just a lack of execution on pitches in key situations and it cost me."

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