Phillies starter Roy Halladay leaves in first inning
MIAMI -- Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay left Monday night's game against the Miami Marlins in the first inning with what the team described as right-arm fatigue.
"Really, the last few starts, I just haven't been getting that bounce back in between," said Halladay, 36. "I have zero pain, which is good, but talking to the doctor, he said I just need rest."
The two-time Cy Young Award winner said he planned to skip his final start this season though he hadn't discussed it with the team yet. The free-agent-to-be -- he'll fall short of an innings-pitched milestone that would give him a player option -- added he planned to pitch next season, hopefully in Philadelphia.
Halladay exited with two Marlins on base -- both courtesy of walks -- and one out after throwing 16 pitches. He was credited with allowing one earned run in his one-third of an inning and his fastest pitch was clocked at 83 mph.
"To see him out there at 83 mph, I was like, 'Man, this guy's not feeling good at all,' " Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "Obviously, for all of us that have seen him when he was sharp and throwing hard . . . I remember facing him when he was so tough to hit ... so, I look at it as a guy going out there giving it everything he has."
When Halladay walked Miami leadoff hitter Donovan Solano, ball four was thrown wildly past catcher Carlos Ruiz. The righty, who was sweating profusely throughout his brief start, also walked No. 3 hitter Christian Yelich before being replaced by right-hander Luis Garcia.
Halladay is in his 16th major league season. He took the mound owning a 203-104 career mark with a 3.38 ERA.
Halladay entered the game 4-5 with a 6.82 ERA in 13 starts this year. He underwent right shoulder surgery on May 15, and was on the disabled list from May 6-Aug. 25 this season.
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