Thinner but feeling better, Halladay hopes to start Saturday

Thinner but feeling better, Halladay hopes to start Saturday

March 19, 2013, 12:45 pm
Share This Post

Spring Training TV Schedule

Mar. 22, Braves at Phillies, 1 p.m., TCN
Mar. 26 Rays at Phillies, 1 p.m., TCN
Mar. 28 Blue Jays at Phillies, 1 p.m., TCN
Mar. 29 Blue Jays at Phillies, 7 p.m., TCN

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Roy Halladay has lost 10 pounds over the last few days, but he hopes to be strong enough to make his next start Saturday in Sarasota.

“I’m feeling better,” he said late Tuesday morning. “My stomach is better. I’m trying to get my strength back. I’m a little weak from not eating and passing fluids.”

Halladay left his start Sunday with a stomach bug. He felt ill before the start but believed he could get through the outing. He became sick in the dugout after the first inning and left the game.

Halladay said he planned to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday and if all goes well he would start Saturday. He believes he has enough time to open the season on schedule. He has time to make two more starts in Florida and could actually be pushed back to the fifth game of the regular season if he needed a little extra time to get ready.

The 35-year-old righthander has been a focus of camp. He is coming off a disappointing 2012 season in which he spent seven weeks on the disabled list. This spring, Halladay has lacked velocity on his fastball, leading to speculation that he might be hurt. He and Phillies officials insist he is not.

Concern over Halladay’s performance rose when he was whacked for seven runs in 2 2/3 innings by the Detroit Tigers on March 12. Halladay’s fastball topped out at a meager 87 mph in that start. He reached 88 on Sunday before leaving the game.

“I felt like I was going in the right direction,” Halladay said. “It was just a bad time to have a setback and not be able to get my pitch count up where I wanted.”

Halladay believes he can reach 75 pitches in his next start and push 100 in his final start in Florida. He said that would make him ready for the season.