Found April 08, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
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There comes a point in every player's career, where a decision has to be made.  A long hard look in the mirror might be necessary.  Maybe a quiet walk.  Maybe an angry run.  Whatever works for the player is fine, but that decision has to be made.  Continue playing, or call it a career.  The decision becomes even more difficult when there may be an underlying problem to caused the player to even question his abilities in the first place.  That's where we find Roy Halladay. There has been no diagnosed injury.  Halladay says he's fine.  The Phillies say they aren't worried about him.  Yet, Halladay has not been the same pitcher since injuring his right shoulder in May of last year.  He pitched in 25 games in 2012, his lowest total since 2005, and he posted a 4.49 ERA, his highest total since 2000.  The shoulder injury clearly affected his pitching.  But did he re-injure that same shoulder at some point? In March/April of last year, a total of five starts, Halladay gave up eight runs in 37 innings.  In May, when the shoulder first started bothering him, Halladay gave up 24 runs in 35 1/3 innings.  Halladay didn't pitch at all in June because of the injury, and when he did return in July, he was still trying to work out the kinks after a spell on the DL.  In July, Halladay gave up 11 runs in 17 innings.  As he settled in after the injury, Halladay seemed to get closer to his old self in August.  He gave up 15 runs in 40 2/3 innings.  Then September hit, and it was downhill again.  Halladay gave up 20 runs in 26 1/3 innings in September. Did the shoulder injury flare back up in September?  It would make sense if that were the case.  Halladay was clearly making strides to being the pitcher he was before his shoulder strain.  August was proof of this.  In fact, July was proof of this as well.  Halladay only made three starts in July, but he seemed to get stronger in each start.  Granted, he gave up more runs in the last two starts of the month that the first, but Halladay also went six innings in each of those starts whereas he could only make it five innings in the first July start.  August was carry over from Halladay getting himself back into shape in July.  It was a good month, but it would be followed by a sudden decline. In September, Halladay made five starts.  He gave up fewer than three runs just once.  Three times he gave up four or more runs.  He was back to pitching like he had in May when the shoulder problems started.  That's either coincidence, or Halladay was battling something during the home stretch in September. If that's true, how did the team not know?  The truth is, teams are willing to throw players out on the field unless a doctor says the player can't go.  Halladay is a competitor and would have likely turned away members of the medical staff who wanted to check on the then 35-year old.  If they couldn't get a real good look at Halladay, and he was not opening up to the fact that he might be feeling some pain, there'd be no reason to sit him.  He has two Cy Young Awards after all. If Halladay is pitching hurt, he needs to stop.  He's at an age in his career that doing so could, quite literally, end his career.  If he is injured, and if he can get some rest and get some treatment, and is willing to take it easy on his shoulder, Halladay could become the pitcher we once knew.  If he continues to pitch through an injury (assuming that's the case), we may never see that dominant pitcher again.  And that'd be a shame. Follow @mlbinjurynews !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://www.mlbinjurynews.com//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-34100676-1']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })(); Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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