Atlanta, GA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay reacts in the dugout after being removed from the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE
Roy Halladay has left the Phillies temporarily to tend to a "personal family matter."
On Wednesday night, the Phillies' Roy Halladay gave up eight runs in five innings to the Atlanta Braves, culminated by a grand slam from Atlanta's Brian McCann. It was his second straight rough outing.
Thursday morning, it was announced that Halladay was temporarily leaving the team. The two events are not related. Jim Salisbury:
One day after failing to protect a six-run lead, Phillies ace Roy Halladay is not with the club for Thursday’s game against Atlanta.
According to sources, Halladay is tending to a personal family issue. Sources say the pitcher is healthy.
Not much to go on there, though the article says that Halladay left the clubhouse after talking to reporters "with a small suitcase in tow." There's no word on how long this leave will be or whether Halladay will miss any starts as a result. Undoubtedly, he'd like to forget about Wednesday night's outing.
UPDATE: This is a one-day trip, according to Matt Gelb:
Roy Halladay has left the team to tend to a personal family matter. He will return Friday.— Matt Gelb (@magelb) May 3, 2012