Three days after being pulled in the second inning against the Cardinals due to soreness in his right shoulder, Phillies ace Roy Halladay is scheduled to visit with a doctor Tuesday for an official evaluation. There’s obvious reason for concern here simply because we’re talking about Doc, the team’s tireless ace. While he’s experienced shoulder issues in the past that have landed him on the disabled list, no real issues have arisen since 2004, when he was with Toronto.
However, over his last two starts he’s given up 13 hits and nine runs — including three homers — in eight innings of work. So now is it acceptable to freak out? Well the team is 26-24 and tied for last place with the Braves in the suddenly loaded NL East, so right now is as good a time as any to freak out.
On the bright side, Cliff Lee, the other staff ace, enjoyed his fifth no-decision of the season Saturday thanks to misplayed balls by both Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence. Lee ended up jawing with Victorino in the dugout, but both players have refused to address it publicly.
Sports radio in Philadelphia today should prove to be slightly less toxic than that green crap in Game of Thrones, otherwise known as Wildfire.