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Roy Halladay Insists He Isn't Injured

Roy Halladay Insists He Isn't Injured

Roy Halladay Insists He Isn't Injured

 Charlie Manuel is a man with problems.

There’s Ryan Howard, the Phillies’ big slugger, still lumbering around the locker room in a walking boot. Howard’s absence is a big problem, Manuel said.

There’s Chase Utley, the hard-nosed gamer who never wants to take a day off, sidelined for the entire spring for the second straight year. Utley is a concern, Manuel said, but the manager remains hopeful.

There’s the rest of the division, which Manuel freely admits is gaining ground on the Phillies. That’s a worry, too.

But his two-time Cy Young winner with the spring ERA greater than 10.00 and the fastball that hasn’t topped 90? How concerned is Manuel about Roy Halladay?

“Absolute zero,” Manuel said.

That was the company line Thursday after a FOX Sports report a day earlier cited multiple scouts offering critiques of Halladay’s rough start to spring training.

The report noted Halladay’s velocity was down, his command was spotty and pointed out that, according to one scout, the right-hander usually comes out “like gangbusters” rather than the languid beginning to March this season.

While the report didn’t specifically categorize Halladay’s problems as injury-related, the ace wasn’t pleased with the implication.

“That’s poor reporting,” Halladay said. “The extreme end of poor reporting. It couldn’t be further from the truth.”

Halladay, of course, is no more a journalist than the scouts are doctors, so the assignment of blame may be a moot point. But the fact remains that his work in three Grapefruit League starts has been noticeably poor.

Halladay started Wednesday’s game against the Twins, allowing two homers and five runs and leaving with two outs in the third inning.

Halladay complained after his abridged outing that he was struggling to command his cutter and still had no feel for his change-up — the two pitches that resulted in home runs.

In addition to the command issues, Halladay said he’s been throwing his fastball in the high 80s, but didn’t consider that abnormal.

“I don’t pay attention to that,” Halladay said. “The older you get, the more you throw, the longer it takes you to get yourself going. When I came up, I threw 98. Last year I was throwing 92, 93. It’s not unusual.”

Halladay has thrown 522 1/3 innings in the regular season and playoffs in the past two years, 14 more than any other pitcher inbaseball.

More than just age, however, Halladay said he considers the spring a time to make mistakes in hopes of ironing out any problems before Opening Day.

Halladay has thrown just 7 2/3 innings so far this spring — hardly a large enough sample size to make any grand judgments. He’s also struck out 10 batters and walked just one — a four-pitch walk to end his day Wednesday after pitching coach Rich Dubee had offered to take him out.

And while this spring has clearly been Halladay’s worst in terms of numbers, it’s not the first time he’s struggled. He posted a 4.00 ERA in 2010 and won the Cy Young. He walked six batters in 18 2/3 innings last spring then led the league in fewest walks allowed per nine innings in the regular season.

“What I saw was his stuff is still there,” Ruiz said. “He’s a guy that can figure it out right away.”

 

-DAVID HALE
For the Courier-Pos

 

By Truth and rumors
Friday, 16 Mar 2012

 

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  • Essential said: If that is what he insists, then that would be great. I guess that dude is tough as nails right there. - Lindsay Rosenwald 1:19AM 04/24/14
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