(CLEARWATER, Fla.) — Even though he’s struggled to get through spring training, Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay made it clear that he is healthy and will be ready to begin the season without any problems.
While spring training stats should never be examined too closely, Halladay has a 6.75 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP in five official spring starts. But for the fourth straight start, Halladay’s velocity was a concern as he averaged 86-to-89 miles per hour. Against the Blue Jays on Saturday, Halladay retired seven out of 18 hitters he faced. Despite that, he’s still encouraged with his effort.
“I feel like I’m ready,” Halladay said. “I feel like, physically, I’m ready. It’s just a matter of getting the pitches and getting out [there].”
“If I had gone out there today and felt lethargic, tired, really felt like I was laboring, I would have felt a little concerned,” he added. “But I felt good. I didn’t feel like I was laboring at all. So that was good.”
Halladay has been one of the best pitchers of this generation, but he struggled mightily in 2012. In 25 starts, Halladay went 11-8 with a 4.49 ERA, which was his highest ERA in a season since 2000. He is also set to become a free agent after this season.
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