2007 BlueClaws pitcher Kyle Drabek was scheduled to pitch against the Phillies tomorrow, ironically against Roy Halladay, but he has been scratched due to a neck injury.
Drabek, with Travis d’Arnaud and Michael Taylor, were traded to the Blue Jays for Halladay in December of 2009.
Past, present and future will not experience their previously-scheduled collision in Dunedin on Monday.
Blue Jays righthander Kyle Drabek, the centerpiece of the three-prospect package that landed the Phillies Roy Halladay last offseason, has been scratched from his scheduled start against Halladay and the Phillies.
Drabek is suffering from a stiff neck and will not pitch during this round of the Blue Jays’ rotation.
Drabek will have other chances to face the Phillies. They play frequently during Spring Training, being 5 minutes apart, and the two clubs will meet this year during inter-league play.
Taylor, meanwhile, was immediately flipped to the Athletics and had a sub-par year in Triple-A. He’s trying to rebound this year and get his first crack at the big leagues.
Taylor took to the daily grind that is the regular season without so much as reminding himself that fun is supposed to be synonymous with baseball. He never pouted, but “every person in the world could have told you I wanted to do better.”
“I’m kind of a light-hearted guy, pretty jovial, and I think last year was really the first time ever in my career where it got to the point where I was thinking more about what I needed to do to get to the big leagues instead of just trying to enjoy the game,” Taylor said. “It ended up making me kinda miserable.”