Take a break, Doc

OAKLAND — Roy Halladay, fresh off eight innings of work the night before, was lounging at his locker on Thursday morning, looking for a throwing partner for a long-toss session. That dropped some jaws over on the couches, where a few of the relievers were sitting.

“You want to long toss after you threw 180 pitches yesterday?” closer B.J. Ryan said with a laugh. “Are you crazy?”

“I don’t feel it yet,” said Halladay, sans fatigue despite a Major League high 89 innings and five complete games.

“You’re not sore?” said an amazed Ryan. “I don’t want to long toss after throwing 18.”

Doc never ceases to amaze.

Today’s lineups:

TORONTO (29-26) at OAKLAND (29-24)
at 3:37 p.m. ET at McAfee Coliseum

Shannon Stewart, DH
Aaron Hill, 2B
Alex Rios, CF
Scott Rolen, 3B
Kevin Mench, LF
Marco Scutaro, 1B
Rod Barajas, C
Brad Wilkerson, RF
David Eckstein, SS

PITCHING: RHP Jesse Litsch (6-1, 3.57)

Jack Hannahan, 3B
Bobby Crosby, SS
Jack Cust, LF
Eric Chavez, DH
Emil Brown, RF
Mark Ellis, 2B
Daric Barton, 1B
Rob Brown, C
Rajai Davis, CF

PITCHING: LHP Dana Eveland


  1. Enigma_D17@hotmail.com

    I hope Doc, doesn’t burn himself out. Wasn’t it fatigue that did him in 2005 ? Hopefully he takes it easy and if he doesn’t someone should step in and save him from himself.

  2. aaaincny

    Doc is by far the best pitcher in baseball over the last 4-5 years interms of “value added” to his team. What he does for the bullpen, the defense, and the coaching staff is hard to quantify. And he always keeps the offense in reach even though they have let him (and us) down a few times. His work ethic and selflessness is an example for every kid who picks up a base ball from February to October (and one of these days beyond). Thanks for the observation today, Jordan.

  3. lndigo

    I saw that Hill left today’s game because of his head . What is that all about ? I hope nothing serious .
    Doc is old school , no coddling for him that is why he pitches so many complete games . I think he believes in the saying use it or lose it . There are not many pitchers around like him , teams rely on lefty specialist etc .

  4. rmatty39@hotmail.com

    If you counted warm up pitches in the pen and before each inning. 180 pitches is probably close. The fact he isn’t sore is a tribute to his form and his conditioning. I wish I had his shoulder!!!!

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