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Five Topics with Eight Days Remaning in Florida

Domonic BrownThe Phillies board a flight for Philadelphia a week from tomorrow, which means the 2013 season is just 12 days away.

There have many storylines in camp, but as Spring Training in Florida comes to a close everybody seems to be talking about five things.

Let’s take a look at those five topics here:

Roy Halladay. There is reason to be concerned about Halladay. 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 as he has had issues in each of his previous three starts. 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 a stomach virus. Everybody is asking if Halladay is healthy. It is a fair and legitimate question to ask because Halladay and others in the organization said he was fine last March when he was experiencing lower back problems. But while the health question is justifiable, one also might ask this: Is Halladay simply running out of bullets? He turns 36 on May 14. He has pitched 2,351 1/3 innings from 2002-12, which ranks third in baseball. He has thrown 34,423 pitches in the regular season and postseason in that span, not including Spring Training games, bullpen sessions and warm ups. Maybe time is catching up to him, although he said in February he does not think he is there yet. It is a grim reality if it is true. Meanwhile, the Phillies are putting a positive spin on things, saying Halladay’s problems simply stem from a few mechanical issues and some problems with his cutter. They say all is well. They certainly hope they are right because it would be a blow to their chances if it is not. Halladay threw a bullpen session Wednesday and Rich Dubee said through a team spokesman, “Roy threw very well. He almost lost 10 pounds, so he’s just got to gain some weight back and get his strength.” Halladay is scheduled to make two more starts this spring before the regular season, including Saturday in a Minor League game at Carpenter Complex. It is strange to be writing this, but while in the past nobody would think twice about a couple poor Spring Training starts from Halladay, some positive results here would put some minds at ease. And not just the minds of fans. Phillies officials are putting up a brave face, but they would like to see some, too.

Read the rest of the story, including thoughts on Domonic Brown, the three remaining bullpen jobs, the fifth outfielder and the two utility infield jobs, here.

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.


Halladay: I Have Time to Get Ready

Roy HalladayRoy Halladay is 10 pounds lighter, but he said he feels better.

He lasted just one inning in Sunday’s Grapefruit League start against the Orioles at Bright House Field because of a stomach virus. That followed serious struggles in 2 2/3 innings March 12, which he attributed to lethargy because of a more rigorous workout program and throwing two bullpen sessions in between starts.

It has been an interesting spring for Halladay, who has been trying to prove he can bounce back from a disappointing 2012.

“I feel like I’m going in the right direction,” he said before today’s game against the Yankees. “Just bad timing for a setback.”

Halladay, whose velocity has been in the 85-88 range in his last three starts, said he hopes to throw a bullpen session tomorrow and pitch Saturday against the Orioles in Sarasota. He said he thinks he can get enough work in his final two Spring Training starts to be ready for the season. He is scheduled to pitch the second game of the season April 3 in Atlanta.

“From today on, if I continue to get stronger and stronger each day I’ll be fine,” he said. “If I can go out and throw 75 pitches my next start … I think 75 is realistic. The time after that if I get to 90 or maybe a couple over 90 then it’s easy to go 105 to 110 or whatever. I haven’t been on any teams where the first start of the season they let you go over 100 pitches. If I can get to 90 by the end of spring, I feel like I can throw 100-105.”

Halladay has maintained he is otherwise healthy, but has been having problems mostly with his mechanics.

He said he could not tell if he improved in that area Sunday, although others told him they saw improvement.

“My bullpens have felt really good, and I felt good when I first started throwing in the bullpen,” he said. “Throwing today felt good. The arm slot and the stuff we are working on I think is there.”

Halladay said if he is not strong enough to throw a bullpen Wednesday, the possibility exists he could be pushed back a day or two at the beginning of the season. In one scenario, right-hander Kyle Kendrick could start the second game of the season and Halladay could start the home opener against the Royals at Citizens Bank Park on April 6.

“I’m sure there are a lot of options, but I think all of it is going to depend on day-to-day,” Halladay said. “If I come in tomorrow and feel weak and don’t feel like I can throw a bullpen, that’s going to change things. But I think day-to-day is what’s most important. The plan for me would be to do what we said, throw a bullpen, pitch, then pitch one more time before the end of spring and go into the season. But if it doesn’t go exactly that way, I’m sure there are other ways to look at it.

“I feel like it’s there. I feel like I’ve made the strides that I need to make but just really haven’t got to test it. That was really kind of the most disappointing thing about it. I told Ruben (Amaro Jr.) that night, as sick as I felt on the mound, I almost feel worse because I didn’t get to see the results that I wanted to see. I guess you just have to be patient and let it do its thing. There are things that you can control, and you worry about that. I’m going to continue to worry about what I can control and do as much as I can to be as effective and as good as I can be on Opening Day.”

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.”

Halladay Works on Mechanics

Roy Halladay tried to fix some things with his delivery during his bullpen session this morning at Bright House Field.

“He looked wonderful,” Rich Dubee said. “He looked fine.”

Halladay struggled mightily in 2 2/3 innings Tuesday. He said he was lethargic because of a more intense workout routine and throwing two bullpen sessions before that start. Both Halladay and Dubee have said there are no health issues.

He is scheduled to pitch Sunday against the Orioles.

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.


Halladay’s Start Raises Concern

Roy Halladay insisted today he is fine.

Is he really?

He struggled terribly in 2 2/3 innings at Bright House Field against a lineup featuring some Detroit Tigers reserves. He allowed six hits, seven runs, four walks, one wild pitch, two home runs and one hit batsman. He lacked tempo and command throughout the start. He also lacked velocity. One scout said his fastball hit just 86-88 mph on the radar gun. Other reports had other gun readings clocking his fastball a mile or two less than that.

Halladay’s velocity has dropped since his first two Grapefruit League starts, when he sat in the 89-91 mph range. It dropped into the 86-88 mph range in his third start before sitting in about the same area Tuesday.

Halladay appears to be going in the opposite direction with Opening Day just 20 days away.

“The good part is there’s no soreness,” Halladay said. “Nothing hurts.”

He blamed his troubling performance on lethargy. He said a completely revamped, more intense workout program, plus throwing two bullpen sessions in between starts, contributed to his lackluster performance.

“I think I’ve always been a lot harder on myself than any of you guys have ever been. I can promise you that,” he said. “You also are aware of what’s going on and it’s hard to explain sometimes how you’re feeling, what you’re working on what you’re going through, what you’re trying to do. When you know in your head what’s going on, it’s a lot different. So the results aren’t satisfying – that’s obvious – but I think the work we’ve done there’s been a lot of progress made. Unfortunately we got to a point where we’ve done so much throwing that I really kind of just felt lethargic. … I’ll trade that any day of the week, feeling lethargic over being sore like last Spring Training.”


Halladay Ready to Protect Hitters

Roy HalladayRoy Halladay finished a lengthy news conference last month at Bright House Field with the following comment:

“I know Chase suggested drilling a few guys this year so I might mix that in.”

He seems to have taken that suggestion to heart. After Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg hit Chase Utley with a pitch on his left foot in the third inning today at Bright House Field, Halladay threw behind Nationals designated hitter Tyler Moore’s back in the fourth inning.

“Yeah, that one slipped a little bit,” said Halladay, easing out a slight smile. “It slipped. That’s not necessarily the case, but I think we do need to protect our guys to an extent. I’m not saying that’s what happened. It slipped, but I think that’s important. We’ve had a lot of guys hit over the years. I think as a staff we need to do a good job of protecting those guys. Spring Training, I don’t think you’re necessarily trying to do it. But it wouldn’t have been the worst thing had it got him after getting one of our good guys.”


Hunter Impressed with Doc’s Debut

Roy HalladayTorii Hunter offered an encouraging assessment of Roy Halladay this afternoon at Joker Marchant Stadium.

“We had no chance,” he said. “It’s like he’s already ready.”

Halladay is far from ready for the 2013 season, but everybody seemed to be heartened with his effort in two innings in his Grapefruit League debut against the Tigers. He allowed one hit, one run and struck out two in two innings with nearly every Phillies front office executive and scout watching from the stands.

“He was filthy,” said Hunter, who struck out swinging on a 1-2 changeup in the first inning. “He’s always filthy to me. I haven’t faced him in a couple years, but he looks good. His fastball was sneaky. He had the ball sinking, cutting. He was in and out of the zone. This is probably his first start, but if he gets better from here he’s scary, which you know he is.”

Halladay threw 22 pitches (16 strikes) and the radar gun had his fastball in the 89-91 range, which seems OK considering it was his first time out.

“It feels a lot freer and easier right now than it did at the end of the season,” Halladay said. “Arm-wise, it’s less effort. My arm is in a better position. Last year, there were times when I felt like I had to throw as hard as I could to make up for the lack of lower half. Especially through my bullpens and the game, I felt like my arm was in a better spot. I didn’t feel like I had to try to throw really hard.”

Hunter described Halladay’s velocity as sneaky. He estimated his fastball at 93, but said it looked like 95. So I guess if the gun read 89-91 it looked 91-93.

“The two-seamer, cutter, hitting the outside corners, he was there,” Hunter said. “He was there. No doubt.”

Who’s the Big Winner?

chipsRoy Halladay makes his Grapefruit League debut this afternoon against the Tigers in Lakeland.

Halladay is facing Detroit’s ‘A’ lineup (i.e. Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, Victor Martinez, etc.) so it will be interesting to see how he does. Of course, Halladay said he is simply interested in improving his command and conditioning. In other words, don’t freak out if he gets knocked around a little bit. (But please feel free to freak out later in the spring if things aren’t going well.)

We’ll obviously have more about Halladay’s start later, but I think it’s imperative we share this critical news: Reporters, broadcasters and PR staff taste-tested potato chips in the Bright House Field press box yesterday. Why did we do this? Uh, because taste tests are awesome, and who wouldn’t want to try Chicken & Waffles potato chips? I thought I’d share to steer you in the right direction, if you were interested.

We voted using an AP-style poll and came up with the following results:

  • Chicken & Waffles and Sriracha tied with 33 points.
  • Cheesy Garlic Bread finished a distant third with 24.

But based purely on the remaining chips in each of the bags, I’d say Sriracha edged Chicken & Waffles. Sriracha had a nice heat and kick to it. Chicken & Waffles were good because they had the sweet, syrupy flavor mixed well with the salt.

Yes, they’re not Herr’s, but we enjoyed ourselves nonetheless.

Carry on!


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