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Roy Halladay already throwing at Phillies’ spring complex

Jan 22, 2013, 9:42 PM EDT

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Good news today out of Clearwater, Florida.

According to Jim Salisbury of, right-hander Roy Halladay threw 30 pitches off a mound Tuesday afternoon at the Phillies’ spring training complex. The workout, which was overseen by pitching coach Rich Dubee, reportedly went well.

Halladay missed time last year because of a shoulder issue and posted his worst ERA (4.49) since 2000. But he didn’t need surgery, has not experienced any sort of issues so far this winter and is capable of bouncing back in a big way in 2013.

The 35-year-old must reach 225 innings this summer to trigger a $20 million vesting option for 2014. If the option doesn’t vest, Halladay will become a free agent.

  1. American of African Descent - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Is he in the best shape of his life?

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 23, 2013 at 8:25 AM

      Nice try, but you are a tad off base. Halladay is always in great shape.

  2. halohonk - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    225 innings! Be lucky to make it 100. Great pitcher but no way no how.

    • imthewiz77 - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:18 PM

      The guy is a horse, throws more complete games than most teams. Before last year he had 5 consecutive years over 225 innings.

      • 9foldmuse - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:57 AM

        “Before last year” might be the crux of the biscuit in this case. He’s an aging fireballer and at some point that appellation will become an oxymoron. There’s a creeping decrepitude on the Phillies roster and Roy could be the next example.

      • abaird2012 - Jan 23, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        Don’t think he’s done, but +1 for the Zappa reference.

      • macjacmccoy - Jan 24, 2013 at 4:17 AM

        Did you just seriously call Halladay a fireballer? Wow !. Yea he can throw the ball fast but he isnt Pryor. Why Halladay is so good is his movement not his speed. It seems like you falsely labeled him a fire baller to boast your case for his continued loss of effectiveness. Which is completely disingenuous.

  3. flyeredup - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Career over.

  4. yankeepunk3000 - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    you guys are way off this guy is a work horse! I’ve watched his career and he is by far the best pitcher I’ve had the privilege to watch…he is an elite and if he doesnt sign with the Phil’s I hope I beg the yankees to sign him…225 innings is very doable for him he is That good!

  5. greymares - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    good news, but when he is throwing enough to put the gun on him will tell the tale. it was the speed loss that caused them to find the injury.I don’t want to be negative but after all those innings the gun and live hitters will be the proof needed

  6. steelers88 - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    At least some good news for Philly fans!

  7. therealtrenches - Jan 23, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    30 pitches? 225 innings is a cinch!

  8. proudlycanadian - Jan 23, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    He has always rebounded from injuries before, so I expect that he will do so again. Regarding that BSOHL comment, the answer is no. Halladay is always in great shape. He has always been a fitness nut.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 23, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      In 2004, Halladay as on the DL twice with shoulder issues that did not require surgery. Last year’s problem reminds me of 2004. In 2005 he was having his best year ever before a line drive broke his leg and cost him half a season. . In 2005, he had to have his appendix removed mid season. He missed about 3 starts. In 2009, he went on the 15 day DL with a pulled groin.

      My point is simple. Halladay has been injured before, but is in such great shape, that he has always come back strongly.

  9. Jonny 5 - Jan 23, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Roy: Who did we just sign?
    Well I better get better at pitching since our OF isn’t getting any better.

  10. ochospantalones - Jan 23, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    I am pretty sure Drew has the details of the option wrong. As I understand it, in order for the option to vest Halladay needs to pitch 225 innings in 2013, pitch 415 innings combined between 2012 and 2013, AND not finish 2013 on the DL. The important thing is that he needs to do all three, not just one. He pitched 156.1 innings in 2012, so 259 IP this year would put him over 415 total. He has thrown more than that once (266 in 2003), so it seems pretty unlikely, though he threw 250.2 as recently as 2010.

  11. jaysprospectarilo - Jan 24, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    224 Innings please. Then I would be happy to see him sign back to the Jays to close out his career. Back in Toronto; on a Winner.

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