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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.