However, that doesn't mean the team is on cruise control the rest of the way. Actually, the Phillies have several roster decisions to make in the final eight days in Florida. Who stays as a backup infielder? Which relievers will round out the bullpen? Will Darin Ruf or Ender Inciarte take over the fifth outfield spot?
Will Roy Halladay take the trip north when the Phillies break camp next week ...
Weakened by a stomach ailment that reportedly caused him to lose 10 pounds, Halladay hasn't quite seen as much game action as he'd like this spring. Though he has time to make two more starts in Florida, beginning with a turn in a minor league game in Clearwater on Saturday, Halladay says that will be enough for him to be ready to make his 2013 debut on April 3 in Atlanta.
Ideally, Halladay wants to throw 75 pitches on Saturday and 90 on March 28 against the Blue Jays which will set him up to go all out in his season debut.
Sounds pretty foolproof, right?
What if there is another setback or what if Halladay needs a little more work? Though he Halladay has thrown bullpen sessions between his starts, there is always the option of allowing him to stay behind in Clearwater where he can pitch another spring game or even allow him to pitch in the exhibition in Allentown between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley. With that extra outing Halladay could be ready to go for the Phillies at the Bank on April 7.
In the meantime, Halladay says he's headed in the right direction. After his bullpen session on Wednesday, Halladay said he needs to regain his strength because of the stomach illness, but expects to be ready to go when the season begins. Still, Halladay doesn't need to be in a hurry. He's getting closer to his 36th birthday and a little extra time to get ready for the season still allows him to make 32 or more starts in 2013.
No need to rush.