September 30, 2012 |
MIAMI - Roy Halladay's final act was at 9:02 p.m. Saturday when he threw a 90-m.p.h. fastball. Greg Dobbs swung and missed. Halladay, without flinching, walked to the dugout bench. There, Rich Dubee told him this season was mercifully over. Myriad reasons existed to prevent his right arm from throwing 90 more pitches, except Halladay wanted it to end on his terms. The Phillies ceded that to their ace, one of the most respected players in the game, and permitted him this night. "They didn't fight me on it a lot," Halladay said.
July 18, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - The Phillies' starting rotation got considerably better the moment Roy Halladay returned to the mound Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Pitching coach Rich Dubee was sure of that even before he watched Halladay pitch for the first time since May 27, the afternoon he landed on the disabled list because of soreness in the back of his right shoulder. Halladay only confirmed Dubee's opinion with his performance. After making just one rehab appearance with single-A Clearwater, Halladay delivered five strong innings against the Dodgers, surrendering two second-inning runs while allowing just one hit in his other four innings of work.
October 1, 2012 |
MIAMI - When asked late Saturday night what challenge lies ahead this winter, Roy Halladay said, "I'm looking forward to it" five times in the span of a minute. The pitcher has already engaged the Phillies athletic training staff and strength coaches in meetings to devise a plan. After a season of harsh lessons, Halladay is eager to apply the newfound knowledge of his body. "I feel like there's no doubt for me," Halladay said. "I feel like I can prepare myself the right way and be successful next year.
September 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Weeks before he reappeared in a major-league game, Roy Halladay set the bar high for himself. He stood in the middle of the Phillies clubhouse, ready to begin a rehab assignment from shoulder surgery, and spoke about competing. "I'm not interested in coming back and pitching at the same level I was early this year," Halladay said Aug. 7. "I want to come back and pitch at a high level. " He failed to finish five innings Thursday in a 10-5 Phillies victory over San Diego.
April 9, 2013 |
The cameras first surrounded Erik Kratz, who said he was "disappointed" when he arrived Monday at Citizens Bank Park and did not see his name in the lineup. Then the pack shuffled to the other side of the Phillies clubhouse to question Humberto Quintero. All the while, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels stared as the two catchers were interviewed. Halladay, immersed in preparation for his start, raised his head from his notes and sneered. The players may have viewed it as a media concoction, but the melodrama Monday was set in motion by Halladay's words five days earlier.
February 25, 2013 |
LAKELAND, Fla. - Expectations had to be tempered because the setting required it. Roy Halladay threw 22 pitches in a Grapefruit League game Sunday with a few thousand people watching at Joker Marchant Stadium. This is the time when the pitchers are usually ahead of the hitters; when radar-gun readings mean little; when praise is readily distributed because, after all, optimism is boundless during springtime. Halladay said he felt fine after allowing one run in two innings against the Detroit Tigers.
March 2, 2013 |
TAMPA, Fla. - If there was some sore body part requiring immediate attention after 44 pitches Friday, Roy Halladay could have made his conversation with Yankees legend Reggie Jackson brief. Instead, the two spoke for quite a while. "We talked cars," Halladay said. Halladay was erratic in his second Grapefruit League outing. It probably means as little as his encouraging first spring start. But everything Halladay's prized arm does this spring is magnified. The 35-year-old pitcher and his handlers are brushing that notion aside.
April 21, 2013 |
It's amazing what a revived Roy Halladay and the ability to earn a free pass can do for the Phillies' fortunes. Halladay was effective for the second straight game, and the Phillies drew their first walk since Sunday during Friday's 8-2, seven-inning, rain-shortened win over the St. Louis Cardinals before 34,092 at Citizens Bank Park. Halladay allowed just two hits - solo home runs to Carlos Beltran in the second inning and Matt Holliday in the seventh. While he appeared to labor in the seventh inning, when he threw 26 pitches, Halladay didn't lose his velocity, with his fastball remaining in the 89-92-m.p.h.
April 10, 2013 |
Bruce Springsteen blared on the sound system at the end of the sixth inning Monday night at Citizens Bank Park. I had a friend who was a big baseball player . . . He could throw that speedball by you, make you look like a fool, boy . . . Glory days, well, they'll pass you by . . . Roy Halladay wasn't around to hear it. His latest ominous outing had ended after three consecutive batters reached base in the top of the fifth inning....
February 15, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The only eyes watching Roy Halladay on Wednesday morning belonged to a half-dozen coaches, Ruben Amaro Jr., Dallas Green, and a reporter or two. It was 8:30 a.m. when Halladay took a ball and completed his final shrouded acts of 2013. The 35-year-old pitcher fired a strike. "Atta boy, Doc," one of the coaches said. He threw for about 10 minutes on a side mound and wiped his red face with an equally red towel. Four hours later, Halladay sat in a cafeteria and disclosed that he suffered lower-back pain last spring that damaged his mechanics and, ultimately, his shoulder.