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Dubee: Doc Is Fine, Trust Me

Roy Halladay, Rich DubeeIt sounds like everybody in Philly is a little freaked about Roy Halladay.

Understandably so.

Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee answered a few questions about Halladay before today’s game against the Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

Q: Did you talk with Roy today?
A: We talked. He’s fine.

Q: Are you encouraged after you talked with him yesterday and today?
A:No, I think I knew he was fine physically yesterday. He came out saying he’s fine. He said on the mound he’s fine. He feels good today. He feels like he didn’t even pitch physically. That’s good.

Q: What’s the difference between what he said last year when he said he was fine and this year when he said he was fine?
A: He had issues year. He had issues. He can’t make it public. Why should he? You guys don’t need to know everything, first of all. This guy didn’t want anybody to know he was banged up last year.


Watch Those Tricycles, Charlie!

Charlie Manuel occasionally reminds people he has been in baseball 50 years.

In other words, he has seen almost everything.

But it took until this afternoon for a grown man pedaling a tricycle to crash into him on the field. The Houston Astros had a mid-inning tricycle race between two men, who pedaled from the Astros dugout down the third-base line past the Phillies dugout down the first-base line. One of the contestants steered his tricycle smack into Manuel, who was seated on the warning track between pitching coach Rich Dubee and catching coach Mick Billmeyer.

Billmeyer and Dubee nearly collapsed from laughing.

Manuel chuckled a bit, too.

“That three-wheeler got me,” Manuel said after the 7-1 victory at Osceola County Stadium. “I saw him, man. I thought, ‘He better get over.’ He got me. He ran over me with a three-wheeler. Dubee was supposed to stop him there, isn’t he? He’s supposed to save me. He let me get run over. He said, ‘Go ahead, hit him.’ He ran over my toes too, man.”

Years from now nobody will remember the details of this game. But everyone will remember the time some dude rolled over Manuel’s foot on a trike.

“Watch those tricycles, Charlie!” Phillies front office advisor Dallas Green said afterward.


Dominicans Rock Hamels

Cole HamelsCole Hamels summed up his rocky 2 2/3 innings today against the Dominican Republic thusly:

“Thank goodness it doesn’t count.”

He allowed 12 hits, eight runs, one home run and struck out three in 2 2/3 innings against a talented lineup in a 15-2 loss at Bright House Field. The Dominicans scored four runs against Hamels in the second and four more in the third before he got pulled after throwing 59 pitches.

“Obviously, what I was going out and trying to do, I wasn’t able to accomplish it as well,” said Hamels, who is the Phillies’ presumed Opening Day starter. “They’re very good at what they do. It’s just a game where you take it and try to build on what you can for the next bullpen and then getting ready for my next goal, which is try to pitch deeper into a ballgame. Establish strikes in the strike zone, I don’t think I was doing that as well as I know I can. And on top of that, when I was throwing strikes, they were hitting them. Didn’t miss many bats.”

Said Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee: “Spring Training has a purpose. One of the things is you’ve got to get your fastball going. He knows they’re all fastball hitters over there. But he sprinkled in (nine) cutters, some curveballs, I think he threw five curveballs, seven changeups. But he wants to get his fastball command going. And that’s the purpose today. It isn’t about results right now. … He’s facing an All-Star team and he doesn’t even have all his weapons.”

Schwimer Traded to Toronto

Michael SchwimerThere is more to the Michael Schwimer trade than just a glut of relief pitchers in Phillies camp.

The Phillies announced today they traded Schwimer to the Blue Jays for Minor League first baseman Art Charles. Ruben Amaro Jr. said they shipped Schwimer to Toronto because they had depth in the bullpen, they needed to anticipate future roster moves and they needed power at the Minor League level. But Schwimer had fallen out of favor with the organization after he disputed the Phillies’ decision to send him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley in August, claiming he was injured, although there also had been other issues.

It might be more accurate to call this trade addition by subtraction.

“He’s a great kid,” said Amaro, when asked if last season’s dispute sparked the trade. “There’s nothing wrong with Schwim.”

Schwimer said he agreed, but added one caveat.

“The Phillies want to win period so they’re not going to let any petty differences affect them wanting to win,” he said. “So in my opinion I think that had absolutely zero effect.”


Adams Is Throwing Well Early

Charlie Manuel asked a reporter this afternoon if he had seen Mike Adams throw his morning bullpen session at Carpenter Complex.

Manuel raised his eyebrows.

“He was throwing pretty good,” he said excitedly.

Adams revved up for his session, which is good news although it is just a couple days into camp. Adams signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Phillies to be their setup man, but he is recovering from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery in October, which involved removing a rib near his right shoulder. Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter had the same surgery last year, but he is going to miss the 2013 season and possibly never pitch again because his pre-surgery symptoms returned.

Adams said he is not concerned he could share a similar fate.

“When I heard about Carp, my first thought was, ‘OK, what happened?’” Adams said. “Carp and I had the same surgeon do our surgeries, so that was in my favor a little bit in terms of information. When I first had my surgery I spoke with the doc and he told me he did Carp’s surgery, and I was kind of excited because I knew he came back pretty quickly. But when I brought that up, the doctor was like, ‘Well, I wish he would’ve waited a little longer to come back. I think he came back a little too early.’ At the time, we didn’t know this was going to be the result. At the same time, everyone has a different kind of severity — how long the nerve and vessels were being pinched, how badly. So his severity could’ve been worse than mine.

“I talked to (Phillies right-hander Aaron) Cook yesterday, and he had the surgery as well back in 2004, and his was very severe. He said his surgery took like nine hours, whereas mine took an hour-and-a-half. So there are different severities. That’s something I really looked into when I first found out about it. Hopefully the severity of mine wasn’t as bad and I can move on.”

But the Phillies are going to take things slowly with Adams.

“He probably won’t get into (Grapefruit League) games as fast as some guys,” Rich Dubee said. “But he’s really not going to need as much. He doesn’t need 15 to 16 innings, I don’t think. But he’s coming along fine.”

Adams agrees.

“I feel great,” he said. “I don’t really see any reason that anything is going to be a problem. When we first got here we said I’ll take it slow. I don’t see a reason to really throw in any of those games in the first week. The last thing I want to do is have 15-18 innings entering the season. The last few years I’ve gotten about 9-10 innings and felt great, so that’s what I’m going with entering this season. … But when I’m throwing the ball I don’t notice anything that feels different. I’m throwing the ball a lot better than last year, I’m know that.”

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.

Halladay Scheduled to Start Saturday

Roy Halladay is expected to start as scheduled Saturday against the Marlins in Miami.

Halladay suffered the second-shortest start of his career Saturday against the Braves at Citizens Bank Park. He cited spasms in the back of his right shoulder as a culprit, only adding to his list of frustrations this season. But after throwing 32 pitches in a bullpen session today, Rich Dubee pronounced Halladay ready to go.

“Right now, absolutely,” Dubee said. “Unless he has some type of setback, if the spasms came back or whatever. But today was very encouraging.”

Dubee said Halladay, who spent time on the disabled list earlier this season with a strained right latissimus dorsi, looked like a completely different pitcher than the one that lasted just 1 2/3 innings against the Braves.

He reiterated if there is no risk of injury and Halladay wants to pitch, Halladay should pitch.

“This guy is super accountable,” Dubee said. “He feels like he should carry his end of the bargain. And he has. First of all, he came back faster than we expected from the injury with one rehab start. Second of all, there are a lot of guys in this game that wouldn’t have come back as early, if come back, period. They would have just laid down for the year, and this guy wasn’t about to lay down.

“This is the top of accountability. He isn’t happy with his season. He came here to win, and he feels like he didn’t hold up his end of the bargain. I think he’s held up more than his end of the bargain just coming back from the injury that he came back from. But he’s going to do anything he can to come back next year. He is open minded and we’re going to put together a program that hopefully that is going to fix all this.”

Dubee said Halladay had no symptoms of the spasms that derailed him Saturday. He also said it wasn’t the first time he had them this season.

“You guys don’t know half of what goes on,” he said. “He’s fought this from time to time. He’s fought this at different times in his career, too. Why stuff crops up, who knows?”

Dubee said he hasn’t placed Halladay on a pitch count Saturday. Like always, he will let the flow of the game dictate how long he pitches.

Shut Down Doc? No Chance

The Phillies made one thing crystal clear this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park:

Roy Halladay is pitching the rest of the season.

Halladay answered questions Saturday about the chances he might be shut down the remainder of the year, considering the team has no chance to make the postseason and Halladay missed seven weeks because of an injured right back muscle. After all, wouldn’t it make sense to save some bullets for next season when the games matter?

“We’re not thinking about doing that,” Charlie Manuel said. “I don’t have to answer that no more. He’s not going to get shut down.”

The Phillies said encasing Halladay in bubble wrap would be counterproductive.

“My goal right now for Roy Halladay is pitch on a regular basis and get back to being who he used to be,” Rich Dubee said. “He’s fought some injuries. He’s developed some bad habits. He’s got these two months to hopefully wean himself off those bad habits and retrain himself. That’s why it’s important for him to pitch. He’s healthy. He’s felt stronger than he has in a long time. He’s got to retrain himself so he gets back into that proper arm slot.”

Halladay’s arm angle dropped about six inches before he landed on the disabled list in May, a byproduct of compensating for the weakened latissimus dorsi muscle.

“You try doing that for five months,” Dubee said. “Try doing anything for five months. Walk upside down for five months then try to walk the right way. It’s going to take you a while to break that bad habit.”

Dubee said based on what he has seen from Halladay in his previous two starts he is convinced Halladay will return to prior form.

“Absolutely,” he said.

Halladay is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in his last two starts, allowing nine hits, three runs, two walks and striking out 12 in 13 innings.

Of course, only time will tell. But if Dubee is right it will be good news for the 2013 Phillies.

Halladay Getting Closer

It is painfully clear the Phillies need Roy Halladay back in the rotation as soon as possible.

He is getting closer.

He threw his second bullpen session before tonight’s game against the Mets at Citi Field. Halladay threw 56 pitches after throwing 33 Friday in Miami. Halladay could throw a few more bullpen sessions and pitch a few simulated games – skipping a rehab assignment altogether – before rejoining the rotation shortly after the All-Star break.

It would not be a surprise to see Halladay back as early as the July 16-18 series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, although the Phillies are keeping Halladay’s next steps to themselves. But Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said based on the way Halladay has thrown the ball he believes the strained right latissimus dorsi that landed him on the disabled list in May played a major role in his struggles this season.

So fans should see the old Halladay when he is back?

“I don’t know where he’ll be when he gets back,” Dubee said. “I hope he’s close to what he used to be, yeah. But the signs are leading that he’s doing very well.”

What’s Wrong, Cliff?

Nobody seems to know what’s wrong with Cliff Lee.

Actually, they do know. They’re just not saying.

Consider this:

  • He has allowed five or more earned runs in three consecutive starts, carrying an 8.64 ERA in that span.
  • He has a 5.68 ERA in his last eight starts, blowing two three-run leads, one two-run lead and one one-run lead.
  • He has a 5.87 ERA in six starts since Roy Halladay threw his last pitch for the Phillies on May 27.
  • He is 0-5 with a 4.13 ERA for the season.
  • The Phillies are 3-10 when he starts.

Is Lee healthy?

“Physically, I feel fine,” he said.

Is he tipping pitches?

“I don’t know,” he said.

Are the winless record and recent struggles getting to him, affecting him mentally on the mound and in between starts?

“No,” he said.

This is just my opinion, but I think Lee’s problems are more mental than mechanical. I think he’s frustrated and I think those frustrations have carried onto the mound. I tried asking Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee about Lee’s struggles today, but Dubee wasn’t about to offer any insight about his $120 million ace.

“I’m not going there,” he said.

Why not?

“He doesn’t need anything in the paper.”

Are you concerned?

“Yeah, I want to see him pitch better. Yeah.”

Do you think it’s easily fixable?

“I’m not going into it.”

But it is fixable?

“Does he have talent still? Yeah? Well.”

Could it just be a bad stretch?

“I’m not going into it.”

Do you think his frustrations are affecting him mentally?

“I’m not going into it.”

If it were an easily fixable mechanical problem, I suspect Dubee would have just said, “We saw something. We’re working on it.” But if it’s more of a mental issue, he might not want that being discussed publicly. Maybe that’s why he didn’t say anything this afternoon.

Then again, sometimes Dubee just isn’t in the mood to talk.