Phillies: Doc Sick, But Otherwise Heathy

Roy HalladayRoy Halladay is still sick.

He lasted just one inning yesterday in a Grapefruit League game against the Orioles at Bright House Field. That followed 2 2/3 innings Tuesday, when he struggled terribly and said he felt lethargic because of a more intense workout program and because he threw two bullpen sessions in between starts.

Everybody maintains Halladay is healthy, other than the illness that got the best of him.

“We’ve just got to get him healthy so we can get him back on the mound,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said today at Champion Stadium, referring to Halladay’s sickness.

Understandably, there are many skeptics out there. Halladay struggled in 2012, fighting back and shoulder problems. He pronounced himself fit during a press conference in February. He looked pretty good in his first two Grapefruit League starts before seeing a drop in velocity in his third. His fourth start Tuesday raised red flags.

“Obviously we want to get him on the mound and get him his reps, but we can’t do anything about him being sick,” Amaro said.

Asked again if Halladay is healthy, Amaro said, “Yeah. There is no indication that he’s suffering from any discomfort or anything like that. That’s good.”

Asked if he is confident Halladay can make 30-33 starts this season, he said, “I am. Listen, we’ll find out as he continues to pitch, but Doc’s confident and we’re confident in him. We’ll just have to see how it plays out. Right now we’re more concerned about him getting healthy so he can get back on the mound.”

7 Comments

I just watched Rodrigo Lopez toss one inning and I think I’m gonna be sick.

Rolo gives up his first 12 runs of ST. Braves taking Batting Practice at Disney. Our switch hitting pitcher has 2 hits. Ouch.

Seriously idiot, you’re going there? Rodrigo Lopez won’t pitch an inning for the Phillies in 2013. Isn’t Medlen (5 innings, 14 hits 9 ER’s) supposed to be on of the Braves starters?
Batting practice, indeed…

He needs blood work and full body scans done. Let’s get this show on the road and make sure we aren’t dealing with something more serious :-/

Last Year Roy showed signs of exhaustion on the mound, I hope the Phillies GM is not in denial about Roy’s physical problems.

Doc lost that 1-0 game to Carpenter in Game 5 of the 2011 NLDS, and hasn’t been the same since. I think he just blew out his mojo in that game, and hasn’t been able to get it back. No wonder, he pitched his heart out for us two years in a row, and didnt get the run support in the post seasons to win the big one. He’s got nothing left.

I won’t worry about Doc even if he isn’t 100% by his first start of the season. He has had to reinvent himself in order to become one of the best pitchers in MLB. I don’t doubt that he can win games even if his fast ball is 88mph, though I personally believe he will be able to get his velocity back to at least 91mph.

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