(PHILADELPHIA) — Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay is safe for now in the pitching rotation. The 35-year-old right-hander has a 14.73 ERA after two starts in 2013, but Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. isn’t worried.
“I don’t think it’s about rope,” Amaro told ESPN.com on Tuesday. “I think it’s more about him just going back to the basics. He just needs to throw more strikes and be more aggressive in the strike zone.”
“Maybe because his velocity, and the stuff that he has, has backed up on him a little bit, he thinks he needs to do something different,” he continued. “But for me, it’s about throwing more strikes. And I think he realizes that.”
Halladay had a rough spring in which he posted a 6.06 ERA and allowed 21 hits and nine walks. Amaro doesn’t believe Halladay is pitching hurt.
“He hasn’t been on one report from our trainer,” Amaro said. “We haven’t had any reason to feel we have to shut him down. Just right now, his stuff’s not there, and he hasn’t been throwing strikes. But if he throws more strikes, we think he can still have success.”
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN