Questions Linger for Halladay After Early Exit

Roy Halladay's health is a concern again for the Phillies after lasting one inning in a Spring Training game Sunday.After battling injuries, inconsistency and a decline in velocity in 2012, the health and performance of Roy Halladay were one of the Phillies biggest concerns heading into spring training.

Halladay was pulled from Sunday’s ¬†grapefruit league game against the Orioles after one inning, reportedly suffering from a stomach virus. In his previous start, the 2-time Cy Young award winner was shelled for 7 runs in 2 2/3 innings by a Detroit Tigers lineup missing sluggers Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder.

Following the disaster against Detroit, Halladay attributed his poor performance to him feeling “Lethargic” due to a new workout regimen.

Just as last spring, the major talking point surrounding the big right-hander was the lack of velocity on his fastball. Against Detroit, he was regularly clocked between 84-86 MPH, he usually sits between 89-93.

In his one inning outing Sunday, scouts had him between 85-88, touching 89.

I’m not buying Halladay’s lack of velocity as the main cause of his struggles, Greg Maddux, a future Hall of Famer, rarely cracked 90 MPH on the radar gun. What has me worried is Halladay’s command.

Whether he felt lethargic against Detroit or he was sick Sunday against the O’s, he continues to struggle placing his pitches. Combine Halladay’s lack of velocity with his lack of command in his last two outings, that’s enough to make one worry about the quality of what was once the most feared rotation in the league.

With Vance Worley and Joe Blanton no longer around to solidify the back end of the rotation, the Phils will be relying on John Lannan and Kyle Kendrick to fill the fourth and fifth spots.

Neither Lannan nor Kendrick have been able to display any kind of consistency in their careers, making it all the more important for Halladay to get out to a strong start between lefties Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee.

If no other issues exist, Halladay will still be able to make his final two starts of the spring, this upcoming Friday against Atlanta and March 27 against Detroit.

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Orlando Morales