Phillies starter Halladay says he’s fine



CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Roy Halladay says he’s not injured and the two-time Cy Young Award winner criticized a report suggesting something may be wrong with him because he’s struggled in spring training.

Halladay got rocked for five runs and seven hits before getting yanked in the third inning of Philadelphia’s loss to Minnesota on Wednesday. A report later surfaced quoting two unidentified scouts expressing concern that Halladay’s velocity is down and his sharpness is off.

“Poor reporting on the extreme end of poor reporting,” Halladay said Thursday. “It couldn’t be further from the truth.”

Halladay, an eight-time All-Star, has a 10.56 ERA in three spring starts. He acknowledges his velocity is down, but isn’t worried because it’s still early.