The Philadelphia Phillies struggled last season for many reasons, one of which was injuries. Injuries to pitchers like Roy Halladay devastated the team. Halladay pitched in only 25 games last season and did not look like the same dominant pitcher he had been since his days with the Toronto Blue Jays. He came back from shoulder and back problems, but there has been real concern about his durability next season.
Todd Zolecki of MLB.com answered Phillies' fan questions including an update on Halladay's status. Zolecki says the Phillies' GM, Ruben Amaro Jr., addressed Halladay's health recently. He said Halladay has thrown long toss and is scheduled to throw off a mound soon.
"Doc's done very well. He's going to start throwing off the mound here very shortly. [Pitching coach Rich Dubee] has seen him throw a couple times, at least long toss. I guess he's working down there with Kyle Kendrick pretty extensively. He's doing well, but we don't know what kind of Doc we're going to get until Doc's down firing in Spring Training. But he's feeling pretty good so far."Halladay dealt with shoulder problems at the end of the 2012 season, but he continued to pitch when doctors told him he wouldn't cause any structural damage by finishing up the season. The two-time Cy Young award winner suffered through one of his worst seasons thanks to a year chock full of injuries.
Halladay went 11-8 with a 4.49 ERA in 2012. It was his worst season since 2000. Regardless, Halladay remains one of the best pitchers in the game. He has a career 199-100 record with a 3.31 ERA.