Roy Halladay’s healing process has begun.
Unfortunately, unlike his training regimen, it’s not as simple as strapping your family to your back and running an endless series of stairs. It takes time. Lots of time. And pitching. And slowly, painfully, he’ll work himself back from the edge. Presumably, to a version of his old self. Probably not as similar to his old self as his time-traveling surgeons have suggested, but something better than the BP pitcher he’s been to start the season would be lovely.
March 28, 2013; Clearwater, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay (34) throws a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays at Bright House Networks Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
So it’s off to Clearwater, where he arrived Monday, to show off to the Low-A Florida State League kiddies, and then buy them all lunch, probably. Doc says his range of motion is fine, and he is not in constant pain, and to please stop crying, he loves you, too.
He will be joined by the Phillies Z-Team: John Lannan, who is on the team, remember; and Carlos Zambrano, who is also, technically, on the Phillies.
Lannan is rehabbing his left knee problems and, according to Ruben Amaro, is “good.”
Zambrano has been pretty quiet, which makes his signing already an immense success. If the Phillies are lucky – like really, ludicrously lucky – catch a few lucky bounces, avoid devastating injury, and just… don’t touch anything for a while, they could have some reasonable pitching depth in the next few weeks.
Or, they could have a whole truck of broken old pitcher-parts headed for the dump. You never know with this club!