Doc not worried about dip in velocity

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Roy Halladay's velocity has been a topic of conversation since last spring.

His fastball clocked in the 89-91 mph range in his first two Grapefruit League starts, but he sat in the 86-88 mph range during four innings Wednesday against the Nationals at Bright House Field. Halladay did not address his velocity head on Wednesday, but he alluded to the dead arm portion of camp.

"We're all kind of going through that time in spring when you're overcoming a little bit of dead arm and your body is tired," he said. "Those first few weeks of Spring Training catch up to you. I feel good with that in mind."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.