Thursday, December 25, 2014

With no restrictions, Halladay named starter

PHOENIX -- His Phillies teammates did not know until they noticed no seat for Roy Halladay in a ballroom. Halladay didn't know he was starting the All-Star Game until he arrived at his Arizona hotel room around 1 a.m. Eastern time Monday. There was a message waiting for him from the National League office.

With no restrictions, Halladay named starter

PHOENIX -- His Phillies teammates did not know until they noticed no seat for Roy Halladay in a ballroom. Halladay didn't know he was starting the All-Star Game until he arrived at his Arizona hotel room around 1 a.m. Eastern time Monday. There was a message waiting for him from the National League office.

"I'm looking forward to it," Halladay said.

But first Halladay had to call Rich Dubee and tell him the news.

"I wanted to make sure I spoke with him before I got up here and said I was going to pitch," Halladay said.

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Dubee was candid in the week leading up to the game, saying he preferred Halladay not start. Halladay also favored the idea of pitching only one inning, which would allow him to start Sunday in New York.

But the starter of the All-Star Game pitches two innings and that will bump Halladay back to either next Monday or Tuesday in Chicago.

"We both agree it's not a health concern," Halladay said. "It's just making sure I'm fresh for the second half. As soon as things are over, we'll assess how things went here and where to go from there. As long as we handle it on the back end, it's not a health concern."

Giants manager Bruce Bochy was the one who selected Halladay as his starter. "This was really an easy one for me that he would start this game," he said.

Bochy also said he was not aware of any restrictions requested by the Phillies.

"We have not heard that," Bochy said. "That's news to me."

Dubee said he would think about reaching out to Bochy and Major League Baseball with the thought of requesting Halladay not start. He leads the league with 143 1/3 innings -- 4 2/3 shy of his mark at the break last season.

"You're looking at a guy that's leading the league in innings pitched by a pretty good size," Dubee said July 4. "I don't know that you can deny [the starting job]. It would be an honor. But at the same time, this guy is taking on a big workload again, like he always does."

Instead, Halladay will start the midsummer classic for the second time in three years. He becomes the fourth pitcher to start the game for both leagues, joining Vida Blue, Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens.


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