Phillies Notebook: Phillies say Halladay will make his next start

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Posted: September 27, 2012

ROY HALLADAY is a go for his final start of the season.

Barring any unforeseen issues in the next 2 days, Halladay will take the ball on Saturday night at Marlins Park in Miami. Four days removed from his worst start of the season, giving up seven runs in 1 2/3 innings on Saturday against the Braves, Halladay threw a regular, in-between-starts bullpen session at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday.

Pitching coach Rich Dubee said Halladay would "absolutely" start Saturday, unless he has a setback. Last Friday, Halladay was checked out by the medical staff after experiencing spasms in his upper right shoulder.

"We talked to him before he threw [today] and he said it felt much better," Dubee said.

Halladay is 10-8 with a 4.40 ERA in 24 starts. Since returning from a 7-week stint on the disabled list with a right lat (shoulder) injury, Halladay has gone 6-3 with a 4.78 ERA; he has allowed five or more runs in four of his 13 starts.

"He isn't happy with his season," Dubee said. "He's going to do anything he can to come back next year and he is open-minded about the program and hopefully he's going to fix all this. I use Chase [Utley] as an example. I thought we had Chase programmed out and it didn't work the first time. It took us 3 more months to find something that worked for Chase. When guys have injuries, there's no diagram to say, 'This is the map you have to follow.' For now, we're hopefully going to find something for Roy that's going to be a sure thing."

Awards night

The Philadelphia chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America handed out its annual Phillies franchise awards prior to Wednesday's game.

Cole Hamels became the first three-time winner of the Steve Carlton Most Valuable Pitcher award, Jimmy Rollins received Dallas Green Special Achievement honors, Juan Pierre took home the Tug McGraw True Pro Award, and first-time All-Star Carlos Ruiz was awarded the biggest prize, the Mike Schmidt Team MVP.

Although Ruiz's monthlong stint on the DL with a left foot injury leaves him without enough plate appearances to qualify for a batting title, his numbers are still among the best in the NL.

Among players with at least 350 plate appearances, Ruiz entered Wednesday fifth in hitting (.327), on-base percentage (.395) and slugging (.547), and sixth in OPS (.942). The majority of the five players with a higher OPS are among players competing for league MVP honors: Ryan Braun, Joey Votto, Andrew McCutchen, Buster Posey and Giancarlo Stanton.

Ruiz also had career highs in home runs (16) and RBI (65).

"He's had his best season as far as being consistent with the bat," Charlie Manuel said. "His production, his batting average proves it . . . He's been driving balls all over the field. He's been consistent, very consistent. He's like a complete player now."


Contact Ryan Lawrence at rlawrence@phillynews.com

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