Saturday, November 25, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Phillies' Halladay hit hard, says he's healthy

RECOMMENDED READING


CLEARWATER — Roy Halladay used two words to try to alleviate concern over a terrible outing.

"Nothing hurts," the right-hander said.

Considering he's coming off an injury-plagued year, that's important news for the Phillies.

Halladay allowed a grand slam to Ramon Santiago and a homer to Don Kelly in Philadelphia's 10-6 loss to the Tigers on Tuesday. He gave up seven runs in 22/3 innings.

"The results aren't satisfying, and that's obvious, but the work we've done, there's a lot of progress being made," Halladay said. "I just felt lethargic. The good part is there's no soreness, nothing hurts. I'll trade that any day of the week feeling lethargic over being sore like last spring training where there were times you're hurt."

The two-time Cy Young Award winner allowed six hits and walked four in his poorest outing this spring. He went in with a 2.16 ERA in three starts, though even those were marked by somewhat diminished velocity.

"There's definitely work to be done, adjustments to be made," Halladay said, adding that he has increased the intensity of his workout program and threw an extra bullpen session between starts. "Being that it's spring training and there's so much to be worked on, so much to try and achieve at this point, I felt like it's more important to work on this stuff now and I'd rather have that (feeling) now."

Manager Charlie Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee seemed more concerned.

"He says he's healthy, he feels good and nothing's wrong with him," Manuel said. "It concerns me, but I've been in the game long enough that if nothing is wrong with him, just keep working with him.

Dubee blamed the results on Halladay's mechanics.

"I would say there's some concern, but most of it has to do with him having no tempo to his delivery," Dubee said. "Nuances to delivery, guys fight that all the time."

Jays: Drabek healing

FORT MYERS — RHP Kyle Drabek, who had a second reconstructive elbow surgery in June, is scheduled to start throwing off a mound this week.

"Everything's moving right along, but it's going to be a while," manager John Gibbons told mlb.com. "He's not going to be ready until the middle or the end of the summer."

Drabek, 25, had the procedure four years ago while in the Phillies' farm system. He returned to the mound within 13 months.

"When you come off that type of surgery, you want to make sure you get at least a year in," Gibbons said. "He's a good ways off, but he's doing really well right now."

Drabek was 4-7 with a 4.67 ERA in 13 starts last season.

GAME DETAILS: Toronto RHP Justin Germano gave up two runs in three innings on five hits with no walks and two strikeouts in a 5-3 loss to the Red Sox. "My last couple outings, I feel like there were just a couple plays that didn't go my way," Germano said. "But (Tuesday) I think I was down in the zone more consistently than I had been my last couple of outings and in return got groundouts."

Yanks: Nova pleased

PORT CHARLOTTE — Ivan Nova is more concerned with showing improvement than where he stands in his bid to be the Yankees' fifth starter.

The right-hander continued to make a case to begin the season in the rotation by pitching four scoreless innings during a 3-1 victory over the Rays.

"I'm not thinking about if I'm doing enough. I just know that I'm doing my job and pitching well," Nova said after yielding four hits, walking none and striking out two in his third spring start. He has allowed one run and eight hits over nine innings.

Nova is trying to make the rotation after faltering down the stretch last season, when he finished 12-8 with a 5.02 ERA. His main competition is RHP David Phelps, 26, who went 4-4, 3.34 as a rookie last year and has given up one run in 14 innings over four spring starts.

Manager Joe Girardi said the best thing Nova did Tuesday was work through a potentially troublesome fourth inning after the Rays put runners at first and third with no outs.

"Those are things you need to be able to do to be a successful pitcher," Girardi said.

Comments
Presenting the 2017 Sports Turkey of the Year

Presenting the 2017 Sports Turkey of the Year

Happy Turkey Day!Today is a day of tradition.The Macy’s parade. Turkey and stuffing. The Lions and Cowboys.And our annual "Turkey of the Year.’’It’s a tradition started by my former colleague at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the brilliant columnist P...
Published: 11/22/17
Updated: 11/23/17
Rays INF Matt Duffy has to say big goodbye to 27-pound cat Skeeter

Rays INF Matt Duffy has to say big goodbye to 27-pound cat Skeeter

When the Rays acquired INF Matt Duffy from the Giants during the 2016 season, we also heard about the giant and somewhat famous cat he had, an up-to-27-pounder named Skeeter.Duffy announced over the weekend on Instagram that the family had to have Sk...
Published: 11/21/17
Rays agonize over which prospects to protect on 40-man roster

Rays agonize over which prospects to protect on 40-man roster

ST. PETERSBURG — That the Rays went right up to Monday’s 8 p.m. deadline in deciding to add seven players to the 40-man roster, and that a couple they left off seem to be potential Rule 5 draft losses, was apparently a good thing."There’s always some...
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/21/17
UPDATE: RHP Brent Honeywell among 7 added to Rays 40-man roster

UPDATE: RHP Brent Honeywell among 7 added to Rays 40-man roster

UPDATE, 8:11: RHP Jose Mujica was an additional addition to the roster, beyond the six previously reported. Mujica, 21, was 14-8, 3.04 ERA in 27 starts between Class-A Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery.So among those left unprotected and potentially ...
Published: 11/20/17
Former Devil Ray Aubrey Huff among newcomers to Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Former Devil Ray Aubrey Huff among newcomers to Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Aubrey Huff isn't going to make the Baseball Hall of Fame.But at least the former Devil Rays standout has the satisfaction of making the cut to get onto the ballot, one of 19 first-timers up for election this year.Other newcomers with Rays ties are O...
Published: 11/20/17
Topkin: As Rays start dealing, how far will they go?

Topkin: As Rays start dealing, how far will they go?

After collecting intelligence at last week’s GM meetings, the Rays soon will launch their offseason mission of trading at least a couple of veterans to reduce payroll.The question is how far they will go — how many players they deal, and how big of n...
Published: 11/18/17
Rocco Baldelli’s promotion on Rays coaching staff now makes him major league field coordinator

Rocco Baldelli’s promotion on Rays coaching staff now makes him major league field coordinator

The Rays completed the reorganization of their coaching staff by giving Rocco Baldelli the title of major league field coordinator.In being promoted from first-base coach, Baldelli will implement ideas and information from the staff, while assisting ...
Published: 11/17/17
Rays hope to cash in on Alex Cobb leaving

Rays hope to cash in on Alex Cobb leaving

LAKE BUENA VISTA — The Rays were banking on pitcher Alex Cobb declining their one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer based on the lure of a longer-term and more lucrative deal elsewhere as a free agent.With that decision official Thursday, now the ...
Published: 11/16/17
Commissioner Rob Manfred likes Ybor City stadium site, but must see more support to keep baseball in Tampa Bay

Commissioner Rob Manfred likes Ybor City stadium site, but must see more support to keep baseball in Tampa Bay

LAKE BUENA VISTA — MLB commissioner Rob Manfred didn’t want to talk Thursday about what might happen if the current effort to build the Rays a new stadium at the Ybor City site falls through."I’m more focused on working with the community to figure o...
Published: 11/16/17
A message to Rays fans from Alex Cobb

A message to Rays fans from Alex Cobb

Here is a message from RHP Alex Cobb after he officially left the Rays Thursday in declining their one-year, $17.4-milllion qualifying offer to seek a bigger and longer pact elsewhere:"Getting to this point in my career is truly bittersweet."Twelve y...
Published: 11/16/17