Diagnosis on Doc

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I woke up this morning with a bad feeling in the pit of the stomach. It felt like I woke up from a nightmare, but instead of the relief that comes with realizing it was all just a dream, it in fact did happen. Our beloved Roy Halladay left the ball game with an injury.

Halladay was cruising against the Florida Marlins when there was a sudden meeting at the mound with Cito, the team trainer and most of the infield. It’s almost never good news when that happens, and then Roy left the game after just the fourth inning. He was later diagnosed with a strained right groin and could miss his next scheduled start June 18th against the Phillies. We all anxiously anticipate the results of his MRI later today.

An argument can be made that the bullpen collapse probably wouldn’t have happened had Halladay still been in the game, but sometimes those are the cards that are dealt. Richmond pitched well despite an unexpected call from the bullpen in the fourth inning. Then it all went down the drain once Jesse Carlson and Brandon League came into the ball game.


My faith in both of these pitchers is dwindling by the game. I don’t blame League for giving up the tieing run in a very close 2-1 game, but the circumstances that led to Cody Ross’ grand slam was ridiculous. A walk followed by a hit batter then an 0-2 meatball down the pipe blew the game wide open for the Marlins. Brandon League just plain sucked … there is no way to put that lightly.

Let’s all hope that the worst case scenario for Halladay is that he misses one or maybe two starts. Because I don’t know if I can deal with another pitcher on the Blue Jays staff going on the DL.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

3 thoughts on “Diagnosis on Doc

  • June 13, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    It's almost as if League threw that fastball belt-high down the pipe on purpose. It was that unbelievable.

  • June 13, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    mlb.com reporting no DL for Halladay, and he could be ready in as little as a week .
    Now we just need to pretend Wells has an injury like they did for Ryan a little while back. Let the guy save face, but get him out of the line-up.
    Also, Ian, just doing rounds to thank bloggers who stopped by on qjays first day. Shameless, i know. Anyway, I've added you to my blog tracker.


  • June 14, 2009 at 1:09 am

    BK, it was a meatball right down the middle of the plate. That's the kind of pitch you throw to a hitter who is playing the last game of his career and needs a HR to get to 500 home runs career.

    QJays, I would be almost be relieved to find out that Wells was injured. Then that would at least give me hope that he'd get better. But honestly I think Wells is just sucking – just plain sucking, and that's all there is to it.

    Thanks for adding BJH to your blogroll, I'll put QJays up on mine as well.

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