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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