Shutting down Roy Halladay because of his shoulder problems remains a possibility for the Phillies, but for now at least he’s scheduled to start Saturday against the Marlins.
Halladay failed to make it out of the second inning Saturday versus the Braves, allowing seven runs and struggling with shoulder muscle spasms, but Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that he had no issues during a 32-pitch bullpen session today.
Pitching coach Rich Dubee called the bullpen session “very encouraging” and repeatedly credited Halladay for being “super accountable” by wanting to pitch rather than calling it a season early. Of course, whether that’s actually a positive thing in the big picture is debatable.
Halladay, who’ll be 36 years old next season, has a 4.40 ERA in 151 innings for his worst mark since 2000, snapping a streak of four consecutive seasons with a sub-3.00 ERA.
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.