There is one final start standing between Roy Halladay and a winter of adjustments. The 35-year-old ace will remodel his routine with hopes of recapturing his dominant form. But listen to his bosses and they stress the importance of Halladay finishing 2012 by pitching in a meaningless game.
"When you have a guy like him, he deserves that," pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "If he wants to pitch and he feels he can pitch, then why not?"
Halladay will throw a bullpen session Wednesday. If he demonstrates better mechanics and pain from the spasm in his shoulder diminishes, Halladay will start Saturday at Miami. That would make his final appearance in a forgettable season.
Both Charlie Manuel and Dubee said the decision is not solely Halladay's. The team has often deferred to the ultra-competitive pitcher. Phillies doctors found no structural issues inside Halladay's shoulder after two examinations. The spasm, Dubee said, is something Halladay has combated "three or four times this year."