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Roy Halladay struck out nine Atlanta Braves batters on Wednesday night. The problem is, he recorded just one more out than strikeouts, as he allowed five runs on six hits, three walks and two home runs in 3 1/3 innings of work. After a shaky spring training, the Phillies had the option of bumping Halladay's debut to later in the season. No one would have blamed them. Including Wednesday, Halladay has an 11.57 ERA in his last five starts against Atlanta in the last two seasons. I'm not saying Halladay is done after one mediocre season and one bad season-opening start on a rainy night in Atlanta. But Halladay's work in Wednesday's loss did nothing to ease my concerns about his rocky spring training that included a lack of velocity and poor results.
In other MLB News....
- David Ortiz (heels) will make his extended spring training debut on Monday. If he progresses without setbacks, he’ll be ready to return before the end of the month.
- Tim Lincecum walked seven in five innings Wednesday, but he escaped with a win after allowing just two unearned runs against the Dodgers. Lincecum matched his career high for walks and he could have gotten away with all of them if not for a Hector Sanchez passed ball and an error by Buster Posey.
- Josh Beckett gave up five runs - three earned - in six innings Wednesday in a loss to the Giants.
- Scott Kazmir (abdomen) has been scratched from Saturday’s start. The Rays have not announced who will take his place, or when Kazmir could return to the Rays rotation.
- Ryan Ludwick (shoulder surgery) will miss a minimum of three months. Chris Heisey is next in line and will get every opportunity from Reds manager Dusty Baker to be successful. If Heisey struggles, look for the Reds to promote Billy Hamilton or make a trade outside the organization. Heisey is a solid add in NL-only leagues and deep mixed leagues.
- Hiroki Kuroda is day-to-day after taking a comebacker off his pitching hand in Wednesday’s loss. X-rays Kuroda's right middle finger were negative which is very good news for a Yankees rotation that is struggling to stay healthy.
- Carl Crawford went 3-for-4 with a walk from the leadoff spot Wednesday against the Giants. Crawford didn't start Tuesday, but he still had a very good series against the Giants to start the season.
- Vernon Wells went 3-for-4 and belted his first home run as a Yankee in Wednesday's loss to the Red Sox.
- Gerardo Parra belted a two-run homer and added two more hits in Wednesday's 16-inning win over the Cardinals. Parra is certainly securing his role until Adam Eaton (elbow)returns from the disabled list. Eaton will hit in the batting cage Thursday. He is expected back to the D'Backs lineup sometime in late May.
- Matt Harvey struck out 10 batters over seven scoreless innings in the Mets victory over the Padres. A very impressive start to the year for Harvey, albeit against a horrible lineup.