Roy Halladay understands that he doesn’t have a dominant fastball, the byproduct of being a 36-year-old righthander coming off shoulder surgery.
Yet Halladay’s confidence hasn’t wavered. He feels he can be a winning pitcher. In his first start since May 5, Halladay may not have looked like his 2010 or 2011 dominant self, but he was still effective.
Halladay allowed four hits and two runs over six innings in earning the win during Sunday’s 9-5 victory over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.
Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before Ryne Sandberg sent Tyler Cloyd from the dugout to the bullpen in the 11th inning, he made a phone call. The Phillies needed to know if Roy Halladay could start in the majors — not double A — before burning Cloyd, Sunday's scheduled pitcher.
The first call went to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., who was not in Philadelphia. He communicated with Halladay, already in Reading to prepare for his start, and found approval. Halladay will drive back to Citizens Bank Park in the morning for his triumphant return from May shoulder surgery.
"I believe he was our best option for tomorrow," Sandberg said. "Just give us what he has."
Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maikel Franco bashed his 29th homer Saturday afternoon, a day that was noteworthy because the Phillies' top prospect played a new position. He moved across the diamond to start at first base for the first time in his career.
"It's just to give him another position he could go to," assistant general manager Benny Looper said. "His bat is coming quick, it looks like. He's probably going to be limited to third or first. He's never played first so we wanted to break him in and see if that's a possibility."
Looper expects Franco to man first base for the remainder of double-A Reading's season. He started there again Saturday night in the second game of a doubleheader. The Fightin Phils have nine games to play after Saturday.
The Inquirer's Marc Narducci reports from Citizens Bank where he spoke to Darin Ruf about him making the most of his chance with the Phillies.
The Inquirer's Marc Narducci reports from Citizens Bank Park where he spoke to the Phillies about their recent run of success since Ryne Sandberg has taken over as interim manager.
Marc Narducci of the Inquirer reports from Citizens Bank Park where he spoke to Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. about the number of injuries that has hit the team this season.
One of the factors in the Phillies recent run of walk-off wins has been the much maligned bullpen.
In the three straight walk-off victories, the relievers have allowed one run in eight innings. The bullpen has pitched seven consecutive scoreless innings following Friday’s 4-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park.
Against Arizona, B.J. Rosenberg and Jonathan Papelbon each pitched a scoreless inning.
Late Thursday night Phillies righthander Jonathan Pettibone said he was going to be shut down for an indefinite period with inflammation in his right shoulder.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said before tonight’s game with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park that Pettibone isn’t likely to pitch this season.
“He has some inflammation in his rotator cuff and they want to shut him down for about 3-6 weeks from throwing which would make his season basically over,” Amaro said.