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The two-time Cy Young Award winner, upon whose right shoulder the Phillies' season may very well rest, got battered around by the Tigers in Grapefruit League action today, with his fastball velocity sitting in the mid-80s. Happy March, everyone!
This is looking pretty grim, everyone.
Roy Halladay, who struggled through 2012 and was showing signs of at least some rebound so far this spring, got pummeled by the Tigers today, surrendering seven runs and walking four in 2 2/3 innings. Getting slammed in Grapefruit League play isn't terrible in and of itself, but it's the way he did it -- topping out in the mid-80s on his fastball and demonstrating terrible command.
Roy Halladay turns 36 years old next month. He described himself as feeling "lethargic" and pinned the blame on new workout plan and an extra bullpen session he threw between starts.
I really really want to believe, but I think I'm on the Charlie Manuel "concern" train here:
"Yeah, it concerns me," the manager said. "But at the same time, I been in the game long enough to know that if there’s nothing wrong with him, you keep working with him. If he’s healthy and well and there’s nothing wrong with him, then he’s gotta get stretched out and everything."
Call me a silly goose, but isn't lethargy a certain type of "feeling wrong"?