The Phillies take on the Orioles this afternoon at Ed Smith Field as the roster begins to whittle down to shape. However, the press corps and team brass remained back in Clearwater where Roy Halladay labored through a minor-league outing.
Halladay threw 82 pitches over parts of four innings and retired seven of the 18 batters he faced. The velocity on his fastball cracked 90-mph just once and after throwing 28 pitches and issuing two walks, the first inning was stopped with only two outs.
Halladay continued to labor throughout. Reports on the scene indicate that the Blue Jays' minor leaguers were able to foul off a lot of two-strike pitches and even the outs were hit hard. Add it up and Halladay gave up three runs (two earned), seven hits, walked two, hit a batter and got three double plays.
He struck out just one batter.
So is the knee-jerk reaction that Halladay labored so much because of the illness and/or missed starts or is there something deeper at play here? Certainly it makes sense to chalk up the rough outing to a pair of abbreviated starts and workouts and a stomach virus. Still, does that mean that Halladay will be ready to go when the season kicks off in a little more than a week?
We'll find out soon enough.
In the meantime, here's the Phillies' lineup for the game in Sarasota against the O's:1.) Ben Revere, cf
2.) Jimmy Rollins, ss
3.) Chase Utley, 2b
4.) Ryan Howard, 1b
5.) Michael Young, 3b
6.) Dom Brown, rf
7.) John Mayberry, lf
8.) Steven Lerud, c
9.) Aaron Cook, p