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Roy Halladay struggles in start at Low-A Lakewood

Aug 20, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

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Roy Halladay is not close to rejoining the Phillies.

According to’s Jim Salisbury, the veteran righty allowed seven hits and three walks in six innings Tuesday night with the Low-A Lakewood BlueClaws. It was his third minor league rehab start and while he yielded only two runs — one of which was earned — he threw just 52 of his 90 pitches for strikes and averaged only 87 mph with his fastball.

Halladay hasn’t appeared in a major league game since May 5 and underwent surgery to repair a tear in his right rotator cuff on May 16, so it stands to reason that he would need several weeks to rebuild the strength of his throwing arm. Or maybe the 36-year-old is truly just cooked.

Halladay had an 8.65 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 35/17 K/BB ratio over his first 34 1/3 innings this season.

  1. chew1985 - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    He should not be pitching. I wish somebody in the Phillies organization had the balls to tell him that. His best chance is to rest the should completely for 6 months and start over next February.

    He’s seriously putting the rest of his career in jeopardy.

    I don’t claim to be a doctor. But I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

    • chew1985 - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      Should have said shoulder.

      • dan1111 - Aug 21, 2013 at 6:03 AM

        Why would they need a shoulder to tell him that?

    • Jonny 5 - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      Ummm, he’s on the normal track time wise for rehabbing his shoulder and getting his arm strength back. Starting over in February would not only be abnormal for a pitcher with his condition, but would also hinder his rehab. Sitting idle is the worst thing you can do when rehabbing from surgery at this point in time.

      Don’t let the pitching stats tell you a story that isn’t there. He is only pitching as part of his rehab. He isn’t trying to strike guys out, he isn’t putting all of his mustard into his pitches. Think of it as an exercise that is part of his rehabilitation.

      I’m not a doctor. But I also stayed at a Holiday inn express last night.

    • righthandofjustice - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      I think it doesn’t have much to do with the Phillies since Doc will be a free agent next year anyway.

      It is his own desire to get back to the mound and hope to play well and maybe some contending team will pick him up next year so he can still get a WS ring.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Maybe the Phils can trade him back to the jays and rob them blind a 2nd time with the same player. Im still laughing at what the jays got in return, LOL

  3. 13arod - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    chew1985 um if u havent noticed hes a free agent this year dummy

    • chew1985 - Aug 21, 2013 at 12:21 AM

      Does not matter if you are a free agent if your career is ending sooner than it otherwise would have because you refused to take the necessary time to recover from an injury dummy.

      We can all call people we don’t agree with dummies. Just tag it on to the end of your post

      • greymares - Aug 21, 2013 at 8:17 AM

        You may not be a dummy but where are your qualifications to say he is jeopardizing his future career. If his medical people and the baseball people feel he is ok to pitch then so be it. If i’m not mistaken the injury is a muscle injury and after the surgery portion is healed comes the therapy part. If it is determined that pitching now would be detrimental i’m sure they would’nt be doing it.

  4. skerney - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:36 PM


  5. jimw81 - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Here is the bigger story from Halladay

    Halladay approves firing, says issues ‘overlooked’

  6. 13arod - Aug 21, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    chew1985 the reson why the philles want h to pitch is because if he doesnt he wont get a good contract and if he does pitch he will get a better contract

  7. aceshigh11 - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Wow, you mean a 36-year old man who had major shoulder surgery 4 months ago is struggling a bit with his pitching?

    This is a shocking development.

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