Originally posted on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 5/6/13
Roy Halladay has been a topic of conversation (and concern) for the Phillies since spring training. Now, the soon-to-be 36-year-old has landed on the disabled list with an unspecificed right shoulder injury. After a rocky start to the season -- 12 earned runs in a combined 7.1 innings in his first two starts -- Halladay rebounded to put together a strong three-start stretch in mid-April that saw him allow just four runs in 21 innings. Unfortunately for Halladay and the Phillies, it was apparently after that third solid start that he started having discomfort in the same shoulder that gave him issues in 2012. He was crushed in his next two starts against the Indians and Marlins, surrendering 17 runs on 13 hits (including four home runs) in six combined innings. The Phillies don't know (or aren't saying) what's wrong with Halladay yet, and he's slated to meet with Dr. Lewis Yocum sometime this week. It was easy to see that something was off with Halladay from the start, though. His velocity has continued its trend downward from his Cy Young-winning 2010 season: he's lost nearly 3 miles per hour on his two-seam/sinker (92.5 to 89.7) and cut (91.1 to 88.6) fastballs. If you go by PITCHf/x pitch values, that cutter was his best pitch in 2010 (1.56 runs above average per 100 pitches). This year, it's been his worst (4.63 runs below average). If you look at WAR, Halladay's been below replacement level in both the Baseball-Reference (-1.1) and FanGraphs (-0.5) measures. All of the problems this year follow a pedestrian 2012 season that was hampered by the shoulder issue. Even before the discomfort this season, he wasn't performing to the standards we've become used to. The two injuries may not be related, but even so, that shoulder has been through a lot of innings -- 2721.2 to be exact, third-most among active pitchers, and just three innings behind Tim Hudson. It's entirely possible the workhorse is starting to break down. [follow]

This article first appeared on The Outside Corner and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Dwight Howard ejected for hanging on rim

NHL rumors: Capitals acquire Blues’ Kevin Shattenkirk in bold trade

Report: Chiefs making ‘strong push’ to make Eric Berry highest-paid safety in NFL

Dana White hints at Conor McGregor's next opponent

Report: Steelers make Brown NFL's highest-paid WR

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Chiefs sign Duvernay-Tardif to five-year extension

MLB considering introducing 'stickier' baseballs

Report: Browns have discussed trading No. 12 pick for Garoppolo

Report: Lowry expected to miss 4-5 weeks, return for playoffs

Report: Cowboys to release Romo in coming weeks

Report: Jennings expected to sign with Hornets

It's time for Satchel Paige Day in Major League Baseball

The best sports movies available to stream right now

Biggest surprises and disappointments of the NBA season

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Box Score 2/24: A night of NBA disrespect

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

It's time for Satchel Paige Day in MLB

The best sports movies available to stream right now

Biggest surprises and disappointments of the NBA season

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher to win 20 or more games in a season since 2000

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker