Bullpen session will determine Halladay's course

Bullpen session will determine Halladay's course

Bullpen session will determine Halladay's course
PHILADELPHIA -- If Roy Halladay wants to pitch one more time this season, he will.

Halladay suffered the second-shortest start of his career Saturday because of spasms behind his right shoulder, but he will throw a bullpen session Wednesday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park to try to extend his season. If it goes well, the Phillies said Halladay will pitch this Saturday against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park.

If it does not go well, he will begin his offseason a few days early.

"I wouldn't say it's all his decision," Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said Tuesday. "We've involved our medical staff."

The Phillies said medical exams Friday and Sunday show no structural damage in Halladay's right shoulder.

"Why not pitch him?" Dubee said. "It's not a structural thing. It's a spasm. They're two different things. If it's structural, we definitely shut him down. He'd like to pitch. I think when you've got a guy like him, he deserves that. If he feels like he'd like to go out there and pitch, why not? Especially if you feel confident from the doctor's reports there's nothing structurally wrong."

But the Phillies have reduced Halladay's workload. They pushed his start to Saturday to reduce the spasms, which also eliminated the possibility he could pitch twice before the end of the season. That will give him a jump-start on the offseason, where he is expected to implement a new workout program to prevent future shoulder problems.

"I think Roy is going to be fine," Dubee said.

The Phillies can only hope.