March 14, 2012; Clearwater, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay (34) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Bright House Networks Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
Here's some new from around the NL East:
- Washington Nationals pitcher Chien-Ming Wang left Thursday's game against the New York Yankees after falling down running to first base to field a ground ball. Wang was immediately taken out of the game and the club later announced he had suffered a strained left hamstring. The Nationals resigned Wang in the offseason and are hoping to challenge the Phillies in the NL East
- If the Nationals are hoping to shop pitcher John Lannan, Jon Heyman writes they can't expect too much in return. Lannan had a 3.70 ERA last year, but Heyman says the lefty's $5M salary will scare away many teams. The teams willing to pick up Lannan's salary probably won't want to give away anything of worth for that price.
- Philadelphia Phillies starter Roy Halladay isn't happy with stories that his bad spring may be due to a physical problem. "Ya, I hear about that," Halladay said about the reports. "Poor reporting on the extreme end of poor reporting. It couldn't be further from the truth." Halladay topped out at 89 mph Wednesday and has allowed nine runs in 7 2/3 innings this spring. He attributes his performance to getting older. "When you get older, it takes you longer," said Halladay. "The more innings you throw the more it takes to get yourself going again."
- Miami Marlins pitcher Anibal Sanchez made his spring debut Wednesday and reported no problems with his shoulder. "I knew it was nothing at all," Sanchez said referring to his shoulder problems. "I knew that I need to take a break, a few days off. It's no big deal and everybody knew that. I don't want to rush. It's early."