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Roy Halladay struggles, Chase Utley, Freddy Galvis in the outfield


 Halladay continues to struggle

Yes, I know Roy Halladay lost 10 pounds this week and is not at full strength. But the reality is practically setting in with everyone that Halladay’s better days are clearly behind him.


Halladay threw 81 pitches against a minor league Blue Jays team Saturday morning. The Toronto hitters swung and missed on three of them. He hit 90 miles per hour just once on the radar gun.


Judging by his remarks after the game, you would have thought Halladay just threw a three-hit gem that helped the Phillies maintain their mid-season lead in the NL East race.


Halladay wants to make one more Spring Training start where he throws 100 pitches. Will that alone get him ready for Opening Day? I guess it depends on the Phillies’ definition of ready.Photo: Kathy Willen/AP


Your guess is as good as mine, but the Phillies are in quite a bit of trouble if Halladay can’t even be a shell of his old self.


Chase Utley goes oppo-boppo twice!

As great as Chase Utley was during the mid-2000’s, his power was almost completely relegated to right field.


Which makes it pretty impressive that he nailed two opposite field home runs Saturday afternoon against Orioles’ starter Wei-Yin Chen. Utley raised his Spring Training average to .255 and now has three home runs in the exhibition season.


No, Chen isn’t exactly Cole Hamels, but it’s encouraging that Utley seems to be finishing strong after a sluggish start.

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Freddy Galvis mans right field

One interesting sight on Saturday was Freddy Galvis playing right field. Infielder Kevin Frandsen is having a great spring, but the biggest surprise in the infield has been Yuniesky Betancourt. Betancourt is having a great spring, hitting .447 with 21 hits and 14 runs batted in while striking out just twice.


Unfortunately, the Phillies released Betancourt Sunday. Personally, they would have been wise to hold on to him. Betancourt is a veteran who can come off the bench and could be traded later on in the year if the Phillies fall from contention. While Galvis has options left, the Phillies had an option to purchase his contract (worth $1.4 million). Yes, he’s 31 years of age, but at least he’s younger than anyone in the Phils’ starting infield..........

Contact Joe Vallee at jvallee@philly2philly.com

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Utley photo: Kathy Willens/AP