Phillies: Why Not Pitch Halladay?
Halladay suffered the second-shortest start of his career Saturday because of spasms behind his right shoulder, but will throw a bullpen session tomorrow afternoon at Citizens Bank Park to try to extend his season. If it goes well, the Phillies said Halladay will pitch this Saturday against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park.
“I wouldn’t say it’s all his decision,” Rich Dubee said today. “We’ve involved our medical staff.”
The Phillies said medical exams Friday and Sunday show no structural damage in Halladay’s right shoulder.
“Why not pitch him?” Dubee said. “It’s not a structural thing. It’s a spasm. They’re two different things. If it’s structural we definitely shut him down. He’d like to pitch. I think when you’ve got a guy like him, he deserves that. If he feels like he’d like to go out there and pitch, why not? Especially if you feel confident from the doctor’s reports there’s nothing structurally wrong.”
But the Phillies have reduced Halladay’s workload. They pushed his start to Saturday to reduce the spasms, which eliminated the possibility he could pitch twice before the end of the season. That will give him a jumpstart on the offseason, where he is expected to implement a new offseason workout program to prevent future shoulder problems.
“I think Roy is going to be fine,” Dubee said.
The Phillies can only hope.