First impression: Solid spring debut for Roy Halladay

Philadelphia Phillies' Roy Halladay in action during a workout at baseball spring training, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, in Clearwater, in Fla. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Roy Halladay allowed a loud home run to Victor Martinez in his second inning of work, but the veteran righthander had an otherwise solid outing in his Grapefruit League debut. The big story of last spring was Halladay's velocity. A report quoted a scout saying that Halladay's velocity topped out at 89 MPH in his third Grapefruit League outing. The observation ended up foreshadowing a rough season for the veteran righthander. Even though he started the season averaging 7+ innings with a 1.95 ERA in his first five starts, Halladay's velocity was a couple of ticks down from the 92-93 MPH range where he usually pitches. That lasted through the season.

Sunday, one scouts gun had Halladay's fastball sitting around 89 MPH, which would seem to be pretty solid showing for his first competitive outing. To put that in perspective, his fastball averaged between 90-91 last year. The same radar gun had Tigers ace Justin Verlander sitting 91-92 with his fastball on Sunday. Verlander averaged 94-95 last season. 

We'll hear from Halladay here shortly, but for now, we can at least say that there were no obvious red flags. He struck out two and did not walk a batter in his two innings of work.