Perhaps the biggest story of spring training for the Phillies was a between starts bullpen session. That's where Roy Halladay ironed out some mechanics with pitching coach Rich Dubee before Thursday's game against the Pirates.
Is that a good development?
It certainly is if Halladay was simply "lethargic" in his outing where he gave up six hits (including two homers) and seven runs in 2 2/3 innings against Detroit on Tuesday. Halladay said he threw two bullpen sessions between his starts, which could account for the flat pitches and the pedantic velocity.
Dubee isn't worried as evidenced by his comments to reporters on Thursday following Halladay's bullpen work. In typical fashion, the curmudgeonly pitching coach says everything is OK.
“I was concerned with the (lack of) outs, not the health,” Dubee said Thursday.
So what about those lack of outs? And how can Dubee and the Phillies keep Halladay fresh between starts this season? If there is one major issue to come out of spring training this year, this is it.
Halladay goes back to the mound on Sunday when the Phillies go to Sarasota to play the Orioles. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, the Phillies head back to Port Charlotte to face the Rays for the last time this spring. Here's Friday's lineup:1.) Ben Revere, cf
2.) Kevin Frandsen, 2b
3.) Michael Young, 3b
4.) Dom Brown, rf
5.) Darin Ruf, lf
6.) Carlos Ruiz, c
7.) John Mayberry, 1b
8.) Josh Fields, dh
9.) Freddy Galvis, ss
Lefty John Lannan will start the game on the mound for the Phils against Matt Moore. The Phillies will also see Kyle Farnsworth, Joel Peralta, Jamey Wright, Brandon Gomes and J.D. Martin pitch for the Rays.