Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Manuel respects Halladay for trying to pitch through injury

Roy Halladay and the Phillies arrived in San Francisco late Sunday night. On Monday, Halladay was placed on the 15-day disabled list and he boarded a plane for Los Angeles.

Manuel respects Halladay for trying to pitch through injury

Roy Halladay, on the DL with right shoulder inflammation, will have his arm checked out by Dr. Lewis Yocum on Tuesday. (Tony Dejak/AP)
Roy Halladay, on the DL with right shoulder inflammation, will have his arm checked out by Dr. Lewis Yocum on Tuesday. (Tony Dejak/AP)

Roy Halladay and the Phillies arrived in San Francisco late Sunday night. On Monday, Halladay was placed on the 15-day disabled list and he boarded a plane for Los Angeles.

Halladay, on the DL with right shoulder inflammation, will have his arm checked out by Dr. Lewis Yocum on Tuesday. Sometime this week, the Phils will make a roster move to fill his void in the rotation (Halladay's next scheduled start was for Friday in Phoenix).

Joe Savery was called up Monday to add an arm to the bullpen. Tyler Cloyd and Adam Morgan were named as potential candidates for Friday's start by Ruben Amaro Jr. today at AT&T Park, although Amaro said he would also look to fill the position externally should Halladay be out for an extended period.

Meanwhile, Charlie Manuel was not angry at Roy Halladay for keeping the manager in the dark for the last two weeks. Halladay told reporters on Sunday that he first felt the soreness on April 25, the morning after holding the Pirates to one run on one hit in six innings of a 5-3 loss.

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Manuel was far from annoyed or angered; he appreciated Halladay's "integrity."

"I’ve been around the game a long time. I never liked to tell anyone I couldn’t play," Manuel said. "If you asked me if I could play, I would have never told you I couldn’t. You know? I don’t want to get into that. I played with a broken arm, I played with a whole lot of things. I got hit in the face and my lip was over my eye and I missed one day. I would never tell you I couldn’t play. So, yeah, I could understand that. He felt he could go out there and still pitch. He wasn’t thinking about not pitching bad or something like that; he wanted to try. Roy is an upstanding guy, a straight guy. Hey, there should be more guys like that. You say, ‘Well he’s hurt, he’s hurt.’ But evidently he didn’t feel that way, he felt like he could play. Nowadays guys, they get out of the game real easy. That means he has some integrity, that the game means something to him, that he wanted to see if he could help us. It wasn’t like he was trying to hurt us. Knowing him like I do, he thought he could pitch."

There should be a more concrete update on Halladay after he is examined by Yocum on Tuesday.

Ryan Lawrence Daily News Staff Writer
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