CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Rich Dubee summed up Roy Halladay's bullpen session Thursday morning with three words.
"It went fine," the Phillies pitching coach said after he watched the righthander's 39-pitch workout at Bright House Field.
Dubee seemed perplexed that anyone would ask about Halladay, but the concern is real and extends beyond the Phillies' organization.
One scout who has watched Halladay in a couple of Grapefruit League games said his concern stems from the fact that he has often seen Halladay at his best even at this relatively early stage of spring training. He is seeing something much different this March.
Halladay, 35, insisted he felt physically fine after surrendering seven runs on six hits and four walks in a Tuesday outing against Detroit. That's why Dubee said no one should be overly concerned about the veteran righthander's ability to still pitch.
"I was concerned with the (lack of) outs," Dubee said. "I wasn't concerned with his health."
The scout who watched Halladay said if the righthander had some health issues that would at least explain his lack of velocity, which sat between 84 and 88 m.p.h. according to the various radar guns flashed during the game against the Tigers.
Dubee provided plenty of instruction to Halladay during Thursday's bullpen session, who only needed to hear the words "keep doing what you're doing" during his first two seasons with the Phillies.
"We do that all the time," Dubee said. "It went very, very well. The bullpen was fabulous."
Perhaps, but plenty of scouts still figure to be on hand here Sunday when Halladay makes his next scheduled start against the Baltimore Orioles and, as always, the hitters will provide the most telling feedback.