Tuesday, April 9, 2013
If the Phillies replace Halladay
By Jason A. Churchill
Unless he's deemed to be injured, Roy Halladay isn't likely to pulled from the starting rotation anytime soon. He's a 2-time Cy Young Award winner and finished second in the voting just two years ago. He'll get the benefit of the doubt and a longer leash than most might.
Halladay struggled mightily Monday, allowing seven earned runs in four innings on six hits and three walks, and topped out at 91 mph, averaging around 90 mph on his fastball. That velocity range is down almost two miles per hour from 2011, his last strong season. Halladay says it's mental and he and the club both are saying it's about command, but the velocity suggests it also could be physical.
If it gets to the point where Halladay does need to be replaced -- due to a specific injury or lengthy struggles that lead the club to believe the right-hander needs a break -- Tyler Cloyd might be the first name considered to fill in, though the right-hander struggled in his debut this season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Ethan Martin and B.J. Rosenberg also may be candidates.
The time frame isn't likely to be for awhile, but this is worth keeping an eye on since Halladay was hurt last season and didn't pitch well when he was deemed healthy enough to make his starts. For now, we'll bet on the veteran finding a way to stave off the need for any roster moves for awhile.