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Halladay's curious spring continues

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08:12 AM ET 03.18 | In large part, the Phillies are pointing to a stomach bug running through Phillies camp. On Sunday, it prevented Jonathan Papelbon from pitching and knocked Roy Halladay from the mound after one inning. And so Halladay's curious spring continues. On Tuesday, the righthander complained of feeling lethargic after being battered and bruised by the Detroit Tigers. Sunday, he slipped out of the Phillies' dugout and into the clubhouse after throwing just 25 pitches against the Baltimore Orioles. ... [Was there] more to Halladay's exit Sunday? "He was sick," Manuel said. "He threw up after he came out after the first inning. He was sick before the game, but he's hardheaded. He wanted to pitch."

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March 18, 2013  09:30 AM ET
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Hmm...concussion?

No thanks, I'll pass.

March 18, 2013  11:14 AM ET

Doc used to be the absolute best, hidden on a team that really didn't get any coverage. It's sad to see him fade a little more each day.

March 18, 2013  01:15 PM ET
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Hmm...concussion?

Lack of PED's?

March 18, 2013  05:16 PM ET

It happens to every sports figure mother nature is luring in the back ground and maybe he was on the juice and had to quit, afraid of being caught.

March 18, 2013  05:42 PM ET

wiseup:Doc Halliday had a less than stellar season last year. He has struggled this spring.Will he be up to task once season starts? Is his age catching up with him? These questions may be answered by May.

March 18, 2013  06:26 PM ET

Okay, I can believe he won't be quite as dominate as he once was. He's still gong to be a solid starter. I can't believe he's finished with his well known work ethic and training regime. I think he's got quite a few more innings in his arm. Pitchers can hold their peak quite a bit longer than hitters. Reflexes aren't as important to pitchers.

March 19, 2013  03:33 AM ET
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Okay, I can believe he won't be quite as dominate as he once was. He's still gong to be a solid starter. I can't believe he's finished with his well known work ethic and training regime. I think he's got quite a few more innings in his arm. Pitchers can hold their peak quite a bit longer than hitters. Reflexes aren't as important to pitchers.

Agreed. After watching Doc for years, I wouldn't ever count him down and out. Pitchers seem to get better with age, even if their junk isn't as good as yester-years. Something about repeating the same motion and learning the hitters around the league and not trying to strike every hitter out and yadda yadda....

But Roy Halliday isn't normal, and I doubt he every did ped's (hasn't changed much physically since he came up and threw a two hitter against Detroit in his second major league start. In fact, when he went down to the minors to reinvent himself to a 3/4 armslot pitcher, his average velocity dropped by a couple of mph. But the movement is what has made him what he is today. I think he'll fare much better then last year, and think with his texas heat, he can pitch successfully into his forties likr many texan arms before him, but thinking the reserved nature of Halliday will have him retire long before his skills slip away.

 
March 19, 2013  08:38 AM ET

As Charles Barkley said, "Father time in sports is undefeated." I think age is catching up to Halladay and his days of dominance are over. It happens to the best of them, and tougher to watch when athletes can't accept their fate and continue to ignore the signs of aging.

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