Monday, March 18, 2013

Stomach virus creates more questions about Halladay's health

By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
@Philabaseball

Aware that questions surrounded his health, Roy Halladay hoped to come out Sunday with a strong showing to put some of those concerns to rest. 


Unfortunately, the opposite happened.

Halladay left Sunday's 5-3 Phillies win over the Orioles after one inning with a stomach virus. This on the heels of allowing six runs on seven hits over 2 2/3 innings in his last outing.

According to scouts behind the plate, Halladay's velocity sat between the 86-88-mph range and his breaking pitches were flat. Both items could be attributed to a stomach ailment, but they may also indicate Halladay's shoulder and back are not yet where they need to be. 

"I actually thought he was better," said pitching coach Rich Dubee. "I haven't looked at velocity or anything like that. But he threw some sliders that had some action to them, and doing it with no legs, really. I thought he was fine."

Jonathan Papelbon was sent home prior to Sunday's contest with stomach issues, so the virus is going around, but the timing for Halladay could not have been worse. With two weeks to go before Opening Day he sits with a 6.75 ERA over 12 innings.

"He'll probably [throw next] on his regular turn," Dubee said. "We'll see how sick he is. I didn't know if he'd make it out of the bullpen. He was bad. But he got cranked up and warmed up fine again. I didn't know how long he was going to be able to go, because I knew he was going to get weak and I knew he had some problems with his stomach. But we've got an extra start this spring. He's still got a couple more. So I'm not at all [worried]."


- Patrick Gordon is the managing editor of the Philadelphia Baseball Review.  Contact him at pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com and follow him on Twitter @Philabaseball.

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