Jim Salisbury On Roy Halladay: 'The truth will be told by the hitters'
Posted 2/11/2013 11:30:00 AM

Pitchers and catchers report to Clearwater tomorrow to kick off what could be the most important season in recent Phillies history. This could be their last chance at glory with an aging core of players and the rise of the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves in the NL East.

Roy Halladay will be one of the central figures of this upcoming season. The 35-year-old right-hander is coming off an injury-plagued season in which he posted the worst ERA since first starting off his career. He essentially has one year left on his contract due to a virtually unattainable vesting option for 2014.

If the Phillies are going to do anything this season Halladay will be one of the main reasons why. CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury joined Tony Bruno and Harry Mayes to talk about what we can expect to see from the ace early on in Spring Training.

“It looks like [Halladay] went to work on stabilizing that shoulder. You hear them say he’s done a lot of core work, a lot of shoulder work. He’s got a high-mileage shoulder. He’s 36 years old and he’s an overarm thrower,” Salisbury said. “With his innings, that all adds up to wear and tear on your shoulder that’s not healthy when you get to your mid-30s. I don’t know if he’ll ever be the same but if he’s made strides with that shoulder then he should be a guy that will make 28 to 30 starts.

“The truth will be told by the hitters. The hitters will let you know where you stand and so we’re probably a month away from getting a decent read on where he is.”

The conversation turned to Charlie Manuel , who is in the final year of his contract and the source of a lot of speculation. Arguably the greatest manager in franchise history, Manuel has always been considered to be a baseball lifer but Salisbury believes that the fact that he didn’t fight for an extension signifies that the end is near.

“They’re going to let it ride out. Two years ago there was urgency on Charlie’s side to get a contract extension done. He wanted it. It was a subplot in camp and this year it’s not a subplot at all. I expect Charlie will be asked about his future once or twice and he’ll address it. He’ll say things like, ‘I want to keep managing’ but the fact of the matter is that his agent is not pushing for a deal.

“Two years ago when he got that deal he said he wanted a two-year extension to take him to his 70th birthday and then take inventory on where he is in his life and professionally. I think that’s his plan and I think that he hasn’t pushed for a contract extension tells me that retirement is a very real possibility for him at the end of this season.

“All eras come to an end and I think we’re in the final chapter of the Charlie Manuel era here.”

Posted By: John Lamb  

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