On Sunday afternoon, Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay was forced to leave in the second inning in Philly's game against the St. Louis Cardinals with what was termed as tightness in the back of his right shoulder.
Halladay is scheduled to see a doctor on Tuesday for further examination, and Phillies fans are certainly worried about the health of their own Doc.
The Phillies had been surging of late, getting back above .500 and sitting just five games out of first place in the NL East.
In addition, worries run rampant in the city of San Francisco as well.
Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum got lit up by the Miami Marlins on Friday night, allowing six runs on six hits in just 5.2 innings. Lincecum's recent effort puts him at 2-5 with a 6.41 ERA for the season, and folks in San Francisco are starting to wonder if something is physically wrong with the two-time Cy Young Award winner as well.
Lincecum denies anything is wrong, saying that one bad inning spoils his efforts each time out.
“If I could just eliminate that one bad inning, wherever it falls, that’s the big thing,” Lincecum said. “It has to do with being focused and being locked in on every pitch against hitters like that.”
The Giants and Phillies are just two possible playoff teams who have pitchers either performing poorly or suffering from health issues, so they could possibly joining several other teams who will be on the hunt for arms that can help for the playoff push.
Here is an updated list of suitors for 10 pitchers who will potentially be available before the trade deadline.