How Is Halladay Doing?

2013 spring training 002Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee is one of the few people to see Roy Halladay throw a baseball since last season, when he suffered one of the worst years of his career. Phillies pitchers and catchers reported to camp today in Clearwater, and I had a chance to speak with Dubee for a few minutes about Halladay and the rest of the pitching staff.

Here is what Dubee said about Halladay. Check later for more about what he said about the rest of the rotation, the three job openings in the bullpen and more.

Q: You’ve actually seen Roy throw. How has he looked?
A: His spikes are starting to get dirty. That’s all. Really, he’s thrown a couple bullpens.

Q: So you can’t say if he’s better, worse or the same as he was at this time last year?
A: I know he’s talking better. He feels a lot stronger . It’s going to take him a while to put all the pieces together in his delivery like anybody, but that’s what Spring Training is for. So he’s got to find that comfort zone. But as far as his arm feeling well and his strength feeling good, he’s progressed nicely.

Q: You’ve worked with hundreds of pitchers, so you’ve heard plenty of them say how great they feel and how great their rehab or workouts have been only to see them look the same once they start pitching. So why do you believe Roy will be different?
A: I think Doc … we’ve got a pretty good rapport. I think he’s understanding about being honest on where he’s at and what he’s feeling. I think he’s going to lead us in the right direction in how he’s feeling.

Q: Are you confident he can get back to what he was? Or are you as uncertain as anybody else?
A: I don’t know what he’s going to be. I know one thing: there’s going to be an animal on the mound competing. Again, I think all the offseason stuff has put him in a much better position to be who he used to be. Whether he can come all the way back to that, that’s what time will tell.


The Phillies are in the cat bird seat with Halladay. If he rebounds, the Phillies do well and can exercise his 2014 option. If he doesn’t, adios Roy. He needs to pitch 259 this season for his option to vest automatically. Considering he has only done it once in his career and that being 10 years ago, it is safe to say it isn’t going to happen.

Would that include postseason innings?

He’s the player I am most worried about. I don’t expect him to be the Halladay with a no hitter and post season no hitter, but I hope that he’s got most of his mojo back.

There is no question about doc’s work ethic, dedication and will to win. It will be a nice feel-good story if can come back to the doc of old. If he does, I think we will have a solid pitching staff. The bullpen is definitely better, so there is hope. I think the phillies have another run in them. We sure need that after the failures of the eagles, flyers and sixers.

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You’re awful gullible, Zolecki. Dubee says Halladay always tells the truth about his health? BS!!! And you swallow his lies hook, line and sinker.

We must not have read the same article. Dubee said they have a good rapport not that he always tells the truth. I read that answer as “Roy now understands better that he needs to be more honest about his physical condition instead of trying to ‘man up’ and pitch through injuries”.

Hey Davy, That just means that Dubee always knows the truth about Doc…… not the media or us.

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