Rich Dubee waved for help at 7:25 p.m. Monday. Roy Halladay stood on the Marlins Park mound, crimson-faced and sweat-drenched from throwing 16 pitches. His body had failed him for the final time this season.
Halladay disappeared two minutes later into the dugout tunnel, and nothing more is guaranteed.
He recorded one out in a 4-0 loss to Miami; it was the shortest outing of his storied career. He will not pitch again in 2013 because of right arm fatigue. He admitted to recently being diagnosed with a genetic diet-related illness that weakened his fragile state. A free agent at season’s end, he may never throw another pitch for the Phillies.
“I was trying to use everything I could to get the ball to the plate,” Halladay said
...The 36-year-old righthander is gaunt. His body is overwhelmed. His shoulder is not strong. He was vague about the condition, saying “some of it is personal.”
Halladay has battled various illnesses since spring training, including a recent bout with what was described as “flulike symptoms.” He said the season was “stressful.” Doctors instructed Halladay to investigate his family history. He began taking medicine for his illness in recent weeks.
Posted: September 24, 2013 at 08:12 AM | 49 comment(s)
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