Since Roy Halladay missed 42 games earlier this year with a shoulder injury, there has been the suggestion going around that it might be good to rest him at the end of the season, with the Phillies not expected to contend for a postseason berth.
It’s a suggestion that has fallen on deaf ears, especially those of Halladay.
A true competitor, Halladay wants the chance to compete.
He certainly looked healthy enough during Saturday’s 3-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, when he threw seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits.
So regardless of where the Phillies are in the standings, Halladay knows where he wants to be every fifth day – on the mound.
“I will do everything I possibly can to not do that,” he said, about being shut down.
In Halladay’s mind, he has had enough time off. The next break should come when the season is over.
“I want to pitch and I am going to pitch,” he said. “I don’t need rest.”
Each time out on the mound, Halladay says he is getting more comfortable. The only way that continues is if he is out on the mound.
“I need to get reps and pitch and be part of the team,” he said. “If I have any say it’s not going to happen.”
Give Halladay credit. It would be easy in such a downer of a season to pack it in and begin thinking of next year.
Actually, but staying on the mound, that is exactly what Halladay is doing, at least in an indirect sense.
Any late-season success he enjoys, will certainly have a positive impact on 2013.
“I need to pitch and want to go out and pitch,” he said. “For me there is not a benefit to taking a couple of weeks (off) or whatever.”
As long as he feels healthy, it’s difficult to argue with his logic.
“I want to finish strong,” he said. “The only way to do that is by pitching.”