September 29 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“Before Tuesday’s game, the Phillies informed Major League Baseball that they want to begin the postseason a week from Wednesday, an option given to the team with the league’s best record.
The Phillies know whom they will start in that Game 1 at Citizens Bank Park.
“Yeah,” Charlie Manuel said. “I’ll ask Dubee if we want to announce it first.”
A few feet away, Rich Dubee, the pitching coach, stood and listened.
“Dubee, do you want to announce it?” a reporter asked.
“No,” he said.
“Yeah, we know,” Manuel chimed in. “We’ll announce it when we announce it.”
Well, all signs point to Roy Halladay as the guy. Dubee said “there’s a real good chance” Halladay does not make another start in the regular season. The righthander was scheduled to pitch Saturday in Atlanta, which would have put him on three days rest for Wednesday’s playoff opener.
The Phillies could have let Halladay make an abbreviated start that day. Instead, they will likely have him throw a few bullpen sessions in the eight days he will have off between starts.
“Two-hundred-fifty innings is the main reason,” Dubee said. “You don’t see too many guys with 250 innings under their belt.””
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