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Despite shaky outing in minor league game, Roy Halladay expects to be ready for season

Mar 23, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT

Phillies pitcher Halladay takes a breather during a workout before a MLB spring training baseball game with the Yankees in Clearwater Reuters

Roy Halladay was back on the mound this afternoon for the first time since he was pulled from his start last Sunday after one inning due to a stomach virus. And the results weren’t all that encouraging.

In a minor league game against the Blue Jays, Halladay retired just seven out of the 18 batters he faced while allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits, two walks and a hit batsman. Another batter reached on an error. Of the 82 pitches he threw, he got just three swings and misses. He reached 90 mph just once and mostly sat in the 87-89 mph range. Still, Halladay brushed it off by saying that he was happy with how his arm felt and that he wasn’t all that concerned with the results.

While Halladay isn’t going to overreact to a start against minor league competition, he did acknowledge that he’s in the process of making some adjustments since he isn’t throwing as hard as he once did. This includes making some changes to the grip on his trademark cutter. Via Jim Salisbury of

“I don’t know of any guys who were throwing harder as they got older,” Halladay said after making a less than impressive minor-league start Saturday. “You’re always trying to evolve with the game and your body.

“To me, it’s a competition, not a boxing match. It’s not a strength-vs.-strength. It’s a chess match. It’s competition of the mind, and execution, and being smarter, and being more prepared. To me, that’s what I’ve enjoyed. That’s what I’ve liked about baseball.

“You look at a Jamie Moyer. He could compete with the best of them. He would’ve gotten knocked out in the first round if he was a boxer. It’s just a different mentality. It’s not about the strength and throwing harder and overpowering guys. It’s about outsmarting and being more prepared and being more consistent. That to me is a challenge.”

Halladay’s final spring tuneup will be next Thursday. While questions about his diminished stuff figure to linger well into the regular season, he expects to be ready to go against the Braves on April 3.

  1. redguy12588 - Mar 23, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    I’m torn between how much I like Roy Halliday and how much I hate the phillies

    • Francisco (FC) - Mar 23, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      Yes! Yes! Give in to your hate! Let the Anger flow through your veins… Then you will become one of us! Mua-ha-ha-ha!

      • djpostl - Mar 23, 2013 at 5:38 PM

  2. randygnyc - Mar 23, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Rosie O’donnels version of the Star Spangled Banner immediately comes to mind.

  3. djpostl - Mar 23, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Where is PhillyPhanAnalysis to tell us that he’s fine and Phillies fans have nothing to worry about?

    Halladay is great guy, exemplary teammate, has an insane;y admirable work ethic and carries himself the way every big leaguer should…so spare me the “hater” stuff too.

    If the big three aren’t at the top of their game the Phillies are in serious trouble.

  4. dcowboyfan - Mar 23, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Couldnt happen to a better ” team mate ” and team…..Enough with the Phillies already !!
    Manuel will be gone by June, ” Doc ” was done last year, the window has closed on this team.
    Everyone knows they were given that ” World Series ” Championship. Had they played the Yankees or Red Sox , the drought would still be going. This team is full of arrogant, overrated punks and prima donnas !!! Cant wait for the Braves and Nationals to smoke them this season…..Let the excuses begin….Just like the Eagles…Always next years champs !! Stay away from sharp objects and bridges this season Phillies fans…lol

    • xmatt0926x - Mar 23, 2013 at 6:42 PM

      “Had they played the Yankees or Red Sox , the drought would still be going”. I guess it helps that they beat the team that beat the Sox to get to the World Series to begin with. Other than that your point is brilliance. And yes, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Halladay, Lee, all arrogant prima donnas, all of ’em. They really need to make sure people are over the age of 12 to post on this site. If you are in fact over the age of 12 and act like that then that says all that needs to be said.

      • paperlions - Mar 23, 2013 at 8:27 PM

        He must have gotten lost on his way to PFT.

      • dcowboyfan - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:23 PM

        And what have they done since 2008 ???? A loss to the Yankees in the WS, then a loss to St. Louis and San Fran in the playoffs. So happy for Hunter Pence to get a ring with S.F. while Phila ends up with nothing. Say what you want, that team is a joke, and so are the fans ! I must have hit a nerve or you wouldnt have commented.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Mar 23, 2013 at 7:57 PM

      “This team is full of arrogant, overrated punks”

      So says the arrogant overarted punk.

    • Kevin S. - Mar 23, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      You’re a jackass. I don’t think Philly’s going to contend this year, in large part because I think returns to the glory days for Utley, Howard and Halladay are unlikely, but other than Jimmy Rollins being a brash SOB and Cole Hamel’s one-man crusade against Bryce Harper, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the character of the Philly players. I have absolutely nothing but the utmost respect for Halladay and Utley, and while I think Ryan Howard is overrated as a baseball player, he’s a world class human being. Where is the arrogance, the punkness, the prima donnatude? It certainly doesn’t fill the team.

      • Francisco (FC) - Mar 23, 2013 at 8:29 PM

        Even Cole Hamels had words of praise later on for Harper, going as far as saying that Bryce taught him a lesson on playing the right way. As for Jimmy, he’ll say a goofy thing on occasion but overall is ok. I agree on brash though, and he also thinks it’s still 2008.

      • dcowboyfan - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:31 PM

        So throwing at Harper you approve of ?? Yes, thats a total class act in my opinion..You must be from Phila. And as far as Hamels goes, why sell your MVP awarded car on the internet for profit ?? Rollins needs to shut it , Utley is done, more worried about his hair gel, and Halladay was done two seasons ago !! Felt great yesterday against minor leaguers , faced 17 batters and only managed to retire 8 of them, and hes the ” Ace ” of your team.
        Enjoy battling Miami for last place….

    • chill1184 - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      “This team is full of arrogant, overrated punks and prima donnas !!! ”

      The irony of this statement from a cowboys fan is quite amusing

  5. mungman69 - Mar 23, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    A cowboy fan puts down Philly players. Yes, keep listening to cowboy fans and you will hear the dumbest things.

    • dcowboyfan - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      Youre obviously an Eagles and Phillies fan… If championships were awarded for talking the most BS every season, youd be undefeated every year. I think I will go to a game this year and beat someone up for wearing the opposing teams jersey, or puke on someone. Real class acts !!!!

      • dexterismyhero - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:41 PM

        And your team won what recently? BTW: Great superbowl you guys had at Jonesville Stadium. Douche!

  6. stercuilus65 - Mar 24, 2013 at 5:14 AM

    He is washed up.

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