Roy Halladay is running out of time to figure things out.

Halladay who on Thursday starts for the fourth time since returning from shoulder surgery on Aug. 25 has made the Phillies’ eventual decision on his future no easier these last few weeks. He’s tossed two quality starts in three tries but there wasn’t much quality in the last one.

Last Wednesday vs. the Nationals Halladay allowed just one run on three hits over six innings but walked five and for the second straight start hit two batters. His control is off. His velocity still hasn’t returned. And he’s having trouble with his three of his four pitches.

Halladay has thrown 92 cutters since returning from the DL and gotten zero swings-and-misses. He’s thrown 70 sinkers and induced one whiff. That’s 162 sinkers and cutters and ONE swing-and-miss. That’s not easy to do.

It’s been difficult for Doc to command either pitch. More than 47 percent of his sinkers have been balls and two of the hit batsmen came on that pitch.

But his changeup –- a pitch he’s needed more and will continue to need as he reinvents himself –- has been even worse. Opponents have hit .353 off it since his return from the DL with two doubles and a homer.

Halladay is so much different from his former self that it’s scary. In 51 1/3 innings this year he’s walked 26 and hit eight batters. Prior to this season he averaged seven hit batsmen per 234 innings.