Halladay to Pitch Saturday in Clearwater

Roy Halladay threw a bullpen session today in Clearwater.

It seemed to go OK.

“Roy threw very well,” Rich Dubee said through a team spokesman. “He lost almost 10 pounds, so he’s just got to gain some weight back and get his strength.”

Halladay lasted just one inning Sunday in a Grapefruit League game against the Orioles at Bright House Field because of a stomach virus. He said Tuesday he lost 10 pounds because of the illness, and still felt a little weak and jittery. He is scheduled to pitch in a Minor League spring training game Saturday at Carpenter Complex. He would get one more start before he is scheduled to pitch April 3 against the Braves in Atlanta.

Halladay has had a rough month. He looked fine in his first two Grapefruit League starts, throwing his fastball in the 89-91 mph range. But his velocity has dropped since then. In his third Grapefruit League start his velocity fell into the 86-88 mph range as he talked about experiencing “dead arm.” He got shelled in 2 2/3 innings in his fourth start March 12, saying he felt lethargic. Then he lasted just one inning in his fifth start Sunday because of the stomach virus.

The Phillies have said repeatedly that Halladay has no physical issues. They said some of his struggles stem from mechanical issues, which they have been working on.



Excuse me for thinking this BS.

I can’t help thinking the change in his offseason workout regiment is the issue. I just hope that he will be able to get back his arm strength without re-injuring his back…

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