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6.13.2009

Jays Totally Screwed Without Halladay

Oh man...Roy Halladay left two pitches into the fourth inning in Friday's 7-3 loss to the Florida Marlins after apparently pulling a groin muscle. He attempted a warmup toss, but headed to the dugout anyway, marking the first time in 14 starts this season he's failed to pitch at least seven innings.

The initial findings were that the Toronto Blue Jays tall drink of water, having a Cy Youngish season at 10-1 with a 2.53 ERA, had "tweaked" a muscle in his right groin. He didn't report much pain, and is considered day-to-day at this point.

Hopefully for the Jays, he'll be alright. The team is 10-3 when Halladay is on the bump, while they sit at 24-25 when anyone else starts. Leading not only the American League, but all of baseball with 10 wins, the righty has won seven straight decisions and entered Friday having thrown back-to-back complete games. He also ranks first in innings with 103, and is in the top five in ERA, strikeouts, complete games and win percentage.

Skipper Cito Gaston will skip the 2003 Cy Young winner's regularly-scheduled start at Philadelphia this Thursday and hold onto him until Saturday at Washington, as long as he's better by then. Get well soon, Doc.

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8 comments:

Ian H. said...

I don't know if I can handle Halladay going on the DL. So many pitchers on the Jays have already gone down to injury and Halladay was the saving grace of the rotation. Hopefully he just misses a start or two, it would be shame if this hurt his chances at the Cy.

We love you Roy!

Sooze said...

I'm not necessarily a Jays fan, but how can you not be a fan of Roy Halladay? The only thing that worries me is the fact that Jesse Litsch's injury was first described as a "tweak" and now he's having Tommy John surgery.

Ian H. said...

Any time Halladay walks out of the game before the 5th inning, you know something is really wrong. I hope to God it's not TJ surgery!

eyebleaf said...

As long as it's not his arm, and I believe the Jays when they say it's his groin, the Jays will be fine.

Doc will be back in July, I imagine, just in time for when the schedule gets AL East heavy. He will add to his lore by coming back from his injury dominant as ever, and then pitching on 4 days rest in August and September to send the Jays to the PLAYOFFS!!1

It's going to be fun.

Get well soon, Doc.

B Mac said...

Doc Halladay is a great throwback to when pitchers actually finished their own starts. Baseball is better with him on the bump. Hurry back o' chucker of Canadian fireballs.

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