Tigers rough up Halladay, beat Phillies
Roy Halladay used two meaningful words to alleviate concern over
a terrible outing.
”Nothing hurts,” Halladay said.
Considering he’s coming off an injury-plagued year, that’s
important news for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Ramon Santiago hit a grand slam and Don Kelly also homered off
Halladay, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 10-6 win over the
Phillies on Tuesday.
”The results aren’t satisfying and that’s obvious but the work
we’ve done, there’s a lot of progress being made,” Halladay said.
”I just felt lethargic. The good part is there’s no soreness,
nothing hurts. I’ll trade that any day of the week feeling
lethargic over being sore like last spring training where there
were times you’re hurt.”
The Tigers roughed up the Halladay for seven runs in 2 2-3
innings. The two-time Cy Young Award winner allowed six hits and
walked four in his poorest outing this spring. He came in with a
2.16 ERA in three starts.
”There’s definitely work to be done, adjustments to be made,”
Halladay said, adding he’s increased the intensity of his workout
program and threw an extra bullpen session between starts. ”Being
that it’s spring training and there’s so much to be worked on, so
much to try and achieve at this point, I felt like it’s more
important to work on this stuff now and I’d rather have that
Manager Charlie Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee seemed more
worried than Halladay about his start.
”He says he’s healthy, he feels good and nothing’s wrong with
him,” Manuel said. ”It concerns me, but I’ve been in the game
long enough that if nothing is wrong with him, just keep working
Dubee blamed the results on Halladay’s mechanics.
”I would say there’s some concern, but most of it has to do
with him having no tempo to his delivery,” Dubee said. ”Nuances
to delivery, guys fight that all the time.”
Halladay threw a perfect game, tossed a no-hitter in his first
career postseason start, won a National League Cy Young Award and
was 40-16 in his first two seasons in Philadelphia. But last year,
he had his fewest wins (11) since 2004 and the second-worst ERA
(4.49) in his career.
Given his problems last year, his age (35) and the amount of
innings (2,687) he’s accumulated in 15 seasons with Toronto and the
Phillies, it’s natural to assume Halladay is on the decline.
Dubee wouldn’t bet against the eight-time All-Star right-hander
regaining his old form.
”His work ethic is still there, his desire is still there,”
Dubee said. ”I’ll take my chances.”
Halladay is entering the final season of a $60 million,
three-year contract extension he signed after being traded to the
Phillies in December 2009. He has a vesting option for $20 million
for 2014, but it’s unlikely he’ll reach it because he has to throw
258 2-3 innings.
All that can wait until the season is over.
”My goal is to get to where the season starts and I can
maintain the strength level the entire season,” Halladay said.
”To do that, I have to build up as much as I can right now.”
Detroit starter Drew Smyly allowed three runs – two earned – and
five hits in 3 1-3 innings, and Brayan Pena also went deep. Smyly
hadn’t allowed a run in nine innings before this start.
NOTES: Chase Utley hit his first homer of the spring for the
Phillies. Utley didn’t play any spring games the last two years
because of chronic knee problems. … RHP Tyler Cloyd, RHP B.J.
Rosenberg, OF Tyson Gillies and C Sebastian Valle were among the
players the Phillies optioned to minor league camp. … LHP Raul
Valdes threw three scoreless innings, helping his bid to fill a
spot in Philadelphia’s bullpen. … CF Ben Revere was 3 for 3 with
two doubles, raising his spring average to .372 for Philadelphia.
… Tigers C Alex Avila was 3 for 4 with two doubles. …. The
Tigers will play their annual exhibition game against Florida
Southern College on Wednesday. … The Phillies visit the New York
Yankees for a night game Wednesday.