Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A day later, Halladay is fine

CHICAGO -- Somewhere in the bowels of Wrigley Field, Roy Halladay's wife Brandy stood with the couple's two sons, waiting to hear something long after the Phillies lost, 6-1, to the Cubs.

A day later, Halladay is fine

Roy Halladay wipes the sweat from his face during the first inning of Monday´s game in Chicago. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)
Roy Halladay wipes the sweat from his face during the first inning of Monday's game in Chicago. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

CHICAGO -- Somewhere in the bowels of Wrigley Field, Roy Halladay's wife Brandy stood with the couple's two sons, waiting to hear something long after the Phillies lost, 6-1, to the Cubs.

"I was in the training room until well after the game," Halladay said Tuesday, "so they were upset I didn’t get back to them."

Eventually, the husband, father and baseball's best pitcher emerged from the visitors clubhouse with confidence his heat exhaustion would not beget a larger issue.

"Once I got back to the hotel, got to sleep, then I felt a lot better," Halladay said.

Everyone around the team can relax a day after Halladay's scare on the mound. He rode a stationary bike Tuesday, felt and looked healthier, and completely expects to start Sunday against San Diego.

What happened Monday remains a mystery. Halladay said he's never experienced anything like it. He prepared for the start like he does every time it is scorching hot.

"I’ve always been very cautious of that," Halladay said. "You take combinations of pedilyte, electroylytes pills, a lot of water, a lot of Gatorade. And I started that the day before. Its never something I’ve neglected. I think from my understanding when you get to the point when you heat up and you’re sweating and your body can’t catch up, in the process you can’t replenish enough."

Halladay would not say if he needed an I.V. in the trainer's room. He said two Cubs team doctors came to treat him and he felt better immediately.

During the game, Halladay changed his uniform, doused himself in iced towels, stripped away undershirts ... anything.

"We were just trying to come up with stuff," Halladay said. "Unfortunately we couldn’t come up with the right thing."

But fortunately, for Halladay and the Phillies, only one night was lost.


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