Forgive Phillies star righthander Roy Halladay if he didn’t have any pangs of nostalgia Monday, after pitching two solid innings against his former team, the Blue Jays, inside the Dunedin, Fla. ballpark he remembers well.
“I got sent down four times in the office back here and the last time was to A ball, so I’ll be glad to get out of here today,” he said, smiling.
Halladay allowed two hits with a walk and strikeout — leaving with a 2-0 lead at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium — and commented, “Overall, it’s what I expected.”
Compared with his first season with the Phillies in 2010, Halladay says he feels far more comfortable this spring.
“Last year I was trying to get to know a lot, not only my teammates, but getting to know (pitching coach) Rich (Dubee) and him getting to know me. So I feel like we really established that part of it, and I feel like this year Rich is able to help me a lot more because he knows me better and knows my tendencies. And obviously, just being comfortable in the clubhouse and knowing what I’m doing on an everyday basis makes it a lot easier.”
— Dave Scheiber