Not only will Roy Halladay take the mound against the Orioles on Sunday at Bright House Field, but also he will hit for the first time this spring. Of course no one really cares about Halladay's hitting. After getting pounded for seven runs in 2 2/3 innings against the Tigers last week, the biggest story in camp has been Halladay's bad game.
Halladay claimed the bad game was caused by an extra bullpen session he threw with an extra day between starts. Pitching coach Rich Dubee agreed with Halladay's reasoning, but that did not make him any less concerned.
Even Halladay's teammates, like Cole Hamels, have weighed in on that one spring outing.
“If Doc’s not Doc, OK, now he just went from immortal to still sort of immortal,” Cole Hamels told reporters on Saturday. “He’s one of the best pitchers in baseball and he knows how to fight to the very last breath. He’s not going to go out there and give up. He still has the best pitches. He has the best sort of game knowledge. He prepares himself to win and he’s going to win.”
Meanwhile, the Phillies made some roster moves on Sunday when they announced that relievers Justin De Fratus and Jake Diekman had been optioned to Triple-A. Additionally, reliever Cesar Jimenez and infielder Josh Fields were reassigned to the minor-league camp.
That leaves the Phillies with 36 players in major league camp. Here's how they line up to face the Orioles on Sunday:1.) Ben Revere, cf
2.) Freddy Galvis, ss
3.) Chase Utley, 2b
4.) Ryan Howard, 1b
5.) Michael Young, 3b
6.) Dom Brown, rf
7.) Darin Ruf, lf
8.) Erik Kratz, c
9.) Roy Halladay, p