PHILADELPHIA – The Phillies have shown a penchant for being faithful to a fault toward veteran players over the years, and it doesn’t seem they will divert from that trend when it comes to Roy Halladay.
After deciding against allowing the right-hander to make an extra start in extended spring training and push him to the back of the rotation to open the season, Halladay has been hammered by both the Braves and Mets in his first two starts of 2013.
Halladay continues his grand tour of the National League East in his next start Sunday in Miami against the positively woeful Marlins. Clearly, there’s a chance that the struggling veteran will gather himself and get his 14.73 ERA into three-digit territory against the worst team in baseball. However, even if he struggles a third time, the Phillies insist they will let the 35-year-old continue to go out there every fifth day and try to make fixes in games that count.