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Phillies uncertain whether Roy Halladay will start again

Sep 25, 2012, 6:50 PM EDT

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Roy Halladay will throw a bullpen session Wednesday before a decision is made on his status for the final few days of the season,’s Jim Salisbury reports.

Halladay’s turn is due to come Thursday, but the Phillies have already announced that rookie Tyler Cloyd will fill in then. If all goes well Wednesday, Halladay might make a start Saturday against the Marlins.

Halladay admitted to experiencing spasms in the back of his shoulder after getting lit up for seven runs by the Braves last Saturday. Given that they’ve fallen back in the wild card standings, one would think the Phillies would shut him down to protect their investment. However, Halladay would resist such a move if he feels he’s healthy.

“Roy wants to pitch,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “If it’s important to him, I agree with that. I want to see my guys play. But if he’s hurt, I don’t want to see him out there. We’ll listen to the trainers and kind of go from there.”

  1. chew1985 - Sep 25, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Somebody in Phillies management might want to consider growing a set. Halladay should be shut down and should be visiting more than one specialist. There is something nasty wrong with his arm/shoulder that even a long midsummer break could not fix. If the Phillies let him throw one more pitch this year they deserve what they’ll get in 2013 from Doc–which may be nothing.

    They already have overpaid perennial DL cases on the roster. They don’t need another one. And a big part of the problem here is that neither Manuel nor Dubee thought it appropriate to take him out of games that were well in hand during the past few seasons. Instead he would go back out there after hitting the 100 pitch mark to senselessly wear down his aging arm and give up a few more runs. Sheer lunacy that in no small part explains part of this lost 2012 season. Halladay’s chances of getting a ring are near zero now and will definitely BE zero if he throws one more pitch in 2012.

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