Pitching coach Rich Dubee talks to Halladay as Chooch arrives at the mound. Doc left the game. He was relieved by Luis Garcia. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Roy Halladay's career as a Philadelphia Phillies pitcher could possibly be over. Doc was pulled from Monday night's game down in Miami after facing just three Marlins batters. His fastball topped out at a meager 83 mph.
Halladay walked leadoff man Donovan Solano on four pitches, got Ed Lucas to foul out to second, and walked Christian Yelich before the trainer came out and called it a day. Doc was sweating quite a bit and clearly looked like he was laboring.
The official word from the Phillies is that Halladay left the game with "right arm fatigue."
Most Phillies fans turned off the game once Doc departed, citing "baseball fatigue."
Sad to see one of the game's greats go out like this. Pretty sure baseball fans everywhere are hoping that Halladay can find some sort of magical panacea this offseason, but the road to returning to any sort of productive form looks more like a mountain at this point.
UPDATE: Roy Halladay told reporters he will not pitch again this season.
Phillies scribe Jim Salisbury is down in Miami and has more on Halladay's departure here.
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For the fourth year in a row, Villanova was picked to win the Big East in the league's preseason coaches' poll.
The Wildcats received eight of the 10 possible first-place votes in the poll, which was released on Wednesday and doesn't allow coaches to vote for their own teams. Seton Hall and Xavier received the other two first-place votes.
Villanova finished the 2016-2017 season with a 15-3 record in the Big East, good for first place in the conference, and capped it off with the Big East tournament crown.
The Wildcats finished last season with a 32-4 record overall and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The team returns two starters from last season, including forward Mikal Bridges, who was picked for the All-Big East second team, and point guard Jalen Brunson, who was selected as the 2017-2018 Big East Preseason Player of the Year. Brunson's averages of 14.7 points and 4.1 assists led him to an All-Big East first team selection in 2016-2017.
Sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo, who averaged 8.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game on his way to making the Big East all-freshman team, is another returning player that will play a big factor for 'Nova. The Wildcats also add freshman forward Omari Spellman to the mix after he redshirted last season. Spellman was picked in the coaches' poll as the preseason Freshman of the Year.
Jay Wright's squad tips off the 2017-18 season on Nov. 10 against Columbia.