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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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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.
Much is made about the Opening Day starter, but the person who might care least about it is Halladay, who has started Opening Day each of the previous three seasons with the Phillies. Cole Hamels is expected to get the nod, although the Phillies have not made an official announcement.
“I think the commitment they made to him last year,” Halladay said referring to Hamels’ six-year, $144 million contract extension, “it’s his time. He’s been here for a long time, he’s had a lot of success here. There aren’t many teams where you have a World Series MVP and then you bring in four to five guys to pitch in front of him. It should have been his spot a long time ago. I think it’s something he’s going to embrace. And really after Opening Day, we’re all five days apart anyway.
“I talked to him about it when we’re going out and doing drills, stuff like that, it’s time for him now to kind of step up and take charge in those situations and establish himself as the head of the staff.”
That’s a pretty significant endorsement from a potential Hall of Famer.
Halladay has bigger fish to fry anyway. He is trying to bounce back from a disappointing 2012. So far he said everything has gone well. He has thrown to live hitters twice, and in each situation he has worked on improving his location.
“I feel good,” he said. “I feel good with where I’m at right now. There’s a long way to go in camp and there’s still a lot of things to accomplish but I’m happy with the way I feel and the way things are going. … I haven’t had a day where I’ve been sore from the core up. Those first couple of days, you’re going to be sore. Your legs will be sore from the drills and stuff, but from the core up I haven’t been sore and that’s a good sign. When you’re trying play catchup early in camp and you’re trying to keep your arm going, that’s the tough part of spring training. If you can avoid that that’s always a good sign, so I feel good going forward.”
Halladay makes his first Grapefruit League start Sunday against the Tigers in Lakeland. He said he will not be worried so much about the hitters as how he feels about his location and conditioning.
“You’re not really throwing your full arsenal,” he said. “What the hitters do isn’t so important to me now. I know what I’m looking for those first couple time outs and that’s my goal to go out and execute the pitches I want to execute and not be overly concerned with the swings and what have you.”
Roy Halladay spoke with reporters for 25 minutes this afternoon at Bright House Field. He revealed that a lower back issue contributed to most of his problems. He said a completely revamped offseason training program has alleviated those issues.
Time will tell.
Here are a few highlights:
Q: How confident are you the issues from last year are behind you and how are you feeling now?
A: I feel really good right now. For me the biggest issue last year was, starting off, I had lower back issues that I really hadn’t dealt with before. It kind of snuck up on me and changed a lot of the things I did mechanically, so, going into this winter that was a focus for us. How do I fix that? How do I make that area stronger and allow me to get back to doing what I do mechanically, so we did a lot of things different. I think the throwing program was different, the lifting program was different. You have to do it over your career. You try to stay ahead of the curve as much as you can. But unfortunately there are things sometimes you have to do differently to change the way you feel. But I feel as good now as I have in any other spring training. Last year, it’s not that I felt bad; it just never seemed to click for me. And the longer it got into the season, I could never really solve the problems I was having. It made it tough. But I feel like the things we’ve done this winter have made a big difference. There is no such thing as a crystal ball. But I’m confident that if I can maintain the way I feel right now, that I’m going to be effective.
Q: Do you expect velocity to come back?
A: I don’t think that is as important to me as when you feel good and you feel comfortable it’s easier to locate. It’s easier to make pitches. For me, whenever I’ve felt really good I’ve had better location. I really haven’t necessarily been throwing harder or anything like that, so the velocity to me isn’t a concern. I don’t know where it’s at. I don’t know where it’s going to be. But as long as I feel like I can easily make pitches to parts of the plate that I want to make it to, I feel like I’m a lot better off than I was. I felt like there were a lot of times last year when I was struggling physically and mechanically to get the balls to the parts of the plate where I wanted it. The velocity I think is always an added bonus. Like I said, I don’t know where it is or where it will be, but if I feel the way I do right now, where if I physically can get the ball where I want to get it to and not have to try to do anything different then I’m a lot better off. … I’m not here to predict anything, but I feel good, if I can feel the way I feel right now and maintain it and get stronger through the course of spring training like you normally do, I feel very confident that I can be effective.
Q: Did last year make you think about your mortality?
A: No. I think any player would honestly tell you you never know. Every year you come into spring training and you come in hoping that you’re going to feel good and hoping that you’re going to be able to pick up where you left off. There’s no guarantees. Any player who has been doing it for a long time goes in just knowing I’m going to pick up where I was. There’s no guarantees. I knew that and I’ve known that my whole career. I felt like ever since I got sent back to A-ball I realized real quickly how fast things can change in this game so I’ve always been aware of that and I’ve always realized that things can change quickly. And I think, that, to me, motivates you to (1) continue to work hard but (2) to continue to find better ways to do things and ways to extend that success. It’s a constant battle to try to extend that. I got my wake-up call a long time ago. It’s always a battle of trying to stay ahead of the curve.
Q: Did you ever have any doubts like, hey, I’ve got a lot of mileage on this arm, I’m turning 36 in May?
A: Nah. I mean, every year you realize that you are a little older and a little slower and the game is getting quicker and guys are getting younger. I’ve felt very fortunate to have played as long as I’ve played. You don’t take days for granted here. I don’t think anybody does. So I’ve never really looked at it that way of what if the better days are behind me. For me, its always looking forward to whats in front of you and whats ahead of you and try to embrace that. There will be a day when whats ahead of me is not baseball and I’m going to try to embrace that. Until you get to that point, you do everything you can to continue to adjust.
Q: Have you had any dialogue with the Phillies regarding a contract?
A: I haven’t. I think all our dialogue right now has been ‘how do we get things going in the direction?’ Really, that was my concern, I know it was their concern and I’m not at all worried about next season. I really am not. I’m worried about this year and making the most of this year and then you go from there. But there has been no dialogue and I don’t expect there to be dialogue. I expect to prepare to go out and do my job and let everything else take care of itself.
Q: Can you envision yourself going through free agency?
A: I really don’t (envision self pitching anywhere). If I had my druithers I would be here until I’m done. As good as they’ve been to me, I think they realize I’d be as good to them as I could be. Going forward, I really don’t see myself playing anywhere else. And I don’t want to play anywhere else. This has been the best place I’ve ever played. Obviously I’ve only played in Toronto, but I’ve gone on the road lot of places and this is the best place I’ve ever played and I don’t want to play anywhere else.”