It was evident that something was wrong. Roy Halladay used to dispatch the likes of Adeiny Hechavarria like Mike Tyson handled a host of stiffs during his prime.
Hechavarria, a good-glove/no-hit shortstop, was a one-man wrecking crew, who led the no-name Marlins to a 14-2 drubbing of the Phillies Sunday at Citizens Bank Park.
Hechavarria, who entered the game with a .169 batting average, hit a grand slam and a bases-loaded triple off Halladay for seven RBIs.
Halladay departed after 2 1/3 innings. Doc gave up four hits and nine earned runs, along with four walks and two hit by pitch. All six Marlins, with free passes, scored.
Apparently Halladay, who was shellacked by the Indians last week, needs a doc.
“My shoulder was bothering me,” Halladay revealed. “It started the morning after the game I pitched against Pittsburgh (April 24). I woke up but I didn’t think anything of it. It was just regular soreness. It progressed over the last two weeks. It’s right shoulder discomfort. I’ll have it looked at over the next few days. It’s not something that I’ve had before. It’s something new this year. I felt good all spring. I felt good all year. I just got up after that start and felt soreness and haven’t been able to get rid of it.
“We’ll go to L.A. and get it checked out, do some scans, get [orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lewis] Yocum to look at it. We [the Phillies’ Dr. Michael Ciccotti] did some tests and, obviously, they aren’t conclusive to what it is. The scans, MRIs, CTs will give us more information from there and we’ll address it then. We’ll see how it plays out over the next couple of days.”
According to GM Ruben Amaro, Halladay is most likely headed to the DL.
“I just talked with Dr. [Michael] Ciccotti about Doc. He’s experiencing some shoulder pain. We’re likely to have to put him on the DL. It’s a little different [injury] than I think that Doc has experienced. After the game, we’ll probably have him examined out in California. Until we do some diagnostic work, we won’t know exactly what’s going on with him. Clearly, he doesn’t seem very healthy. That’s apparent with his performance today. The man’s hurt. We got to get him well.”
Juan Pierre, who was walked on the first four pitches of the game, knew Halladay wasn’t right.
“He didn’t look the same,” Pierre said. “The first time we faced him this season, he was sharp. Today, he didn’t have it. When he walked me on four straight pitches to start the game, I’m like, ‘Whoa, they weren’t even close.’ Something’s up.”
Halladay threw a cutter behind Marcell Ozuna and hit Justin Ruggiano with a 1-2 count. Halladay was hammered by an offensively-challenged Marlins club. The Miami offense is so bad that the Marlins only scored three or more runs 10 times in 31 games entering the contest.
“I kind of figured something was wrong,” Ruggiano said after being informed that Halladay is hurt. “I faced him a couple of times. His pitches weren’t moving like they had in the past. He had no feel. It just wasn’t him.”
But it wasn’t just a bad day for Halladay. The Phillies could only muster a pair of hits during the first seven innings. Freddy Galvis and Michael Young singled.
“It’s not good enough,” Amaro said. “We’re behind the eight ball. I believe in these guys still. They’re good hitters. They’re just not hitting well. They need to do better for us to be contenders.”