PHILADELPHIA -- There has been plenty of speculation about the possibility that stars like Roy Halladay, Carlos Ruiz and Vance Worley could be shut down for the rest of the season if the Phillies fall completely out of contention.
After all, Halladay spent nearly two months on the disabled list this season with a strained right shoulder. He's pitched at least 220 innings for the past six years and will turn 36 next May. Ruiz was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, and Worley is pitching with bone chips in his elbow that will likely be surgically removed after the season.
Manager Charlie Manuel didn't rule out the idea before Saturday's 3-0 win over the D-backs at Citizens Bank Park.
"What you're talking about is definitely debatable. It's not like [the idea] is out of sight. Those are good arguments," he said.
After the game, however, Halladay and Manuel both strongly downplayed the possibility.
"I will do everything I possibly can to not do that," Halladay said. "I talked to Charlie about it. I want to pitch. I'm here to pitch. I don't need rest. I need to go out and get reps, to get out and pitch and be a part of the team. So if I have any say in it at all, it's not going to happen.
"I'm not the only one who has a say, but I need to pitch. I want to go out and pitch. For me, there's no benefit to taking a couple weeks or whatever it may be at the end of the season. I want to build on this and finish strong, and the only way to do that for me is by pitching."
Said Manuel: "When you talk about shutting him down, that's a good argument. But at the same time, I'm old school and old schools throw. That's how you build your arm back up. Nowadays, you look at it and say, 'Well, why don't you shut him down or send him home or something?' If Robin Roberts were here, he'd tell you, 'Keep throwing.' Or Bob Gibson or Sandy Koufax. Guys like that would tell him to keep throwing to get his arm strong again."