Injury Doesn’t Slow Halladay

 Posted by at 1:22 pm
Oct 222010
Phillies ace Roy Halladay

Phillies ace Roy Halladay

October 22 Camden Courier-Post:

Roy Halladay strained his groin in the second inning, pitched four more innings anyway and got the win Thursday, staving off elimination and keeping the Phillies’ season alive for at least two more days.

So, uh, Roy, think you’ll be available out of the pen if called upon on Saturday or Sunday?

“I don’t know at this point,” Halladay said. “It didn’t get worse, but I’m going to do what the trainers tell me and go from there.”

OK, fair enough. I’m guessing no one will question his toughness if he doesn’t get warmed up for the ninth inning of Game 7.

No doubt, what Halladay did in Game 5 will be remembered fondly by Phillies fans for a long time. (Thankfully, the was no bloody sock equivalent though.)

But now the question turns to this: Can Halladay get healthy again in time for another start — potentially in the opener of the World Series?

“I don’t know,” Halladay said. “It’s five days away. I would hope so, yeah.”

Halladay said the injury caused him to change his mechanics and shorten his stride Thursday. He said it didn’t effect his stuff.

“We pitched the same,” Halladay said. “It’s mechanically more than anything, just trying to not overdo it. We had the same game plan. I just had to find a different way to get it there.”

That wasn’t entirely true said pitching coach Rich Dubee.

“He couldn’t command (his fastball),” Dubee said. “His fastball, when he tried to get extended, he’d come off his backside and he made two mistakes to Cody and Burrell and in that one inning and they scored that second run. He just wasn’t able to get the extension to keep the ball down.”

The velocity was off on his cutter, too, and the Giants managed to lay off his curve ball throughout.

Thursday was Roy Halladay on A+ guts and C- pitches.

And as admirable as that was, the Phillies would probably like to see him with his A+ stuff in his next start, which hopefully will be in the World Series and not next April.”

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