Roy Halladay left his start Sunday after two innings.
The Phillies said Halladay was removed as a precaution due to right shoulder soreness. the two-time Cy Young Award winner and ace of the team's starting-pitching rich staff will be re-evaluated in the next couple of days. No MRI is currently scheduled.
After his most recent start prior to Sunday, a a 5-2 defeat to Washington at Citizens Bank Park, Halladay was asked if he was healthy. He half-laughed and said, "Yeah" twice.
Halladay gave up five runs on nine hits in six innings that night.
Halladay's exit Sunday was curious because it came after throwing a 10-pitch, 1-2-3 second inning against the Cardinals. But his second inning was preceded by a first inning that was like at least a few of the games he's pitched this season: very un-Halladay-like.
Halladay gave up a two-out grand slam to Yadier Molina to fall into a 4-0 hole in the game's first inning. Before Molina's slam, the second slam Halladay has surrendered this season, Halladay issued a two-out walk to David Freese and back-to-back, one-out singles to Skip Schumaker and Matt Holliday.
Halladay has a 3.98 ERA in 11 games this season. He allowed four runs or more in three of his last six starts.
Halladay has a 6.11 ERA this month.