Roy Halladay leaves game after one inning due to stomach virus

Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)

Five days after a rough outing against the Tigers in which Roy Halladay said he felt "lethargic," the veteran righthander left a St. Patrick's Day start against the Orioles after one inning with what the Phillies described as a "stomach virus."

Halladay allowed a single and walked a batter but did not allow a run on 25 pitches in the first inning. He did not take the field again. After the home half of the first inning, the Phillies called pitcher Zach Miner out of the bullpen to replace Halladay.

With two weeks to go before Opening Day, Halladay has yet to eclipse 69 pitches in an outing, although he could still have time to do so. The 35-year-old righthander can pitch on March 22 and March 27 on normal rest, and if the Phillies think he still needs work he could pitch in a simulated game on April 1. That would line him up to make his first start of the season on April 6 against the Royals, which is the Phillies fifth game of the season.

Clearly, though, the stomach virus does not come at a good time as Halladay appears to need all the work that he can get.