Halladay Was Wrong To Keep Quiet About His InjuryBREAKING NEWS, News, Phillies Sunday, May 5th, 2013
Halladay is now likely headed to the disabled list, and will unavailable until his shoulder feels right.
You could argue that Halladay, being the fierce competitor that he is, was just trying to tough it out in order to help the team. But the reality is that the opposite is true.
Halladay went through this same song and dance last season. While he wasn’t pitching nearly as bad as he’s been this season, there was a noticeable decline in the quality of the former Blue Jay’s production in 2012. He had been reportedly dealing with shoulder problems during the season before going on the disabled list for over a month. The lesson that Halladay should have learned from that experience was that if he knows that something isn’t right with his body, he owes it to the team to inform them immediately so that they can determine the extent of the injury and come up with a plan to get him back to full strength as soon as possible.
Halladay is no good to the team if he’s dealing with an injury that is impacting his game in any way. Now, instead of learning from his mistake a year ago, the former All-Star once again chose not to mention anything about his injury until it had been festering for several weeks. Perhaps if he had told them about the problem when it supposedly began (after his start against Pittsburgh), the team could have performed an MRI, figured out what was wrong, and shut him down right then and there to avoid making the situation worse.
Unfortunately, Halladay decided not to say a word. He went on with his normal routine, only further aggravating his injury, and costing the Phillies opportunities to win a pair of games against the Indians and Marlins (which he allowed a combined 17 runs in).
After what he went through in 2012, there’s no good reason/excuse for Halladay to be silent about any abnormal pain or discomfort. Now all he’s done by trying to tough things out is embarrass himself with two dreadful starts and cost his team a couple of games, and potentially more depending on how long it will take him to recover and rejoin the rotation.
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