Another Philadelphia Phillies star is ailing.
Two-time Cy Young winner Roy Halladay gave up a grand slam to Yadier Molina in an abbreviated two-inning start before leaving with shoulder soreness in an 8-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. Halladay pitched with the injury the last few innings of his last start, and cutting back on throwing between outings didn’t help.
“Worried? Yeah, definitely, I’m concerned,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “Pitching is one of the big things on our club and when guys miss a turn, it concerns me.”
The Phillies, already without stars Ryan Howard and Chase Utley all year, missed a chance for their first four-game sweep in St. Louis in 99 years.
Manuel declined to lay out a scenario if Halladay can’t make his next start or worse, saying only: “If we have to fill a rotation spot, we’ll get somebody and fill it. the games will go on.”
Asked about his level of concern, pitching coach Rich Dubee said: “I don’t know. I’m not a doctor.”
Dubee told Halladay (4-5) that his day was done in the dugout after chatting with the pitcher.
“I know he’s had a cranky shoulder and he hasn’t looked right, and didn’t look right today,” Dubee said. “And I knew he wasn’t going to come out of the game, so I basically said ‘That’s enough.’”
Halladay said the soreness comes from the back of the shoulder. He anticipates an examination on Tuesday.
“I’m hoping it’s something we can just calm down quickly and get back out there,” the pitcher said. “It’s not the point where I’m in agony throwing pitches.”
Adam Wainwright (4-5) allowed a run on seven hits in six innings, thriving in 90-degree heat for his second straight dominant outing. Molina left due to dehydration during an at-bat in the fifth.
“I was seeing the pitcher like three pitchers at the same time,” Molina said. “So that wasn’t a good feeling. I was kind of dizzy. It’s the first time it happened to me and I’m glad I said something.”
All of the Cardinals’ runs came from homers. Carlos Beltran’s three-run homer in the fifth was his NL-leading 15th and rookie Matt Adams, who’s been filling in for injured Lance Berkman at first base, added the first of his career off Chad Qualls.
Halladay (4-5) departed with a 3.98 ERA after an outing that matched the second-shortest outing of his career. the team said the two-time Cy Young award winner was taken out as a precautionary measure and that he’ll be re-evaluated in the next few days.
Halladay was 19-6 with a 2.35 ERA last year, and allowed 10 homers in 32 starts. since winning his first three starts, Halladay is 1-5 with a 5.08 ERA in eight games, and the Phillies have lost seven of his last eight starts.
He’s absorbed the last two losses for the Phillies, who entered the series finale on a four-game winning streak.
Molina’s third career grand slam was the fifth allowed by Halladay, two of them this year after the Braves’ Brian McCann connected May 2 at Atlanta. Halladay has allowed six homers this season, all this month.
Unlike 2004, when Halladay had two stints on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury, he wasn’t able to pinpoint a particular pitch with which the pain began. the biggest problem is the time between innings when the shoulder tightens.
“It’s kind of that down time when it seemed to come up,” Halladay said. “I think if I just went out and threw 100 straight pitches without taking a break it might be all right.”