Roy Halladay gaining strength after illness

A slimmer Roy Halladay is optimistic he’ll be ready when the season starts.


Halladay said he lost about 10 pounds in two days because of a stomach virus, but he still expects to pitch during the Phillies’ first series at Atlanta. Cole Hamels already was named Philadelphia’s Opening Day starter and Halladay is slated for the second game on April 3.

“My stomach is a lot better,” Halla­day said. “Just trying to get strength back. I’m kind of a little bit weak and jittery right now I guess from not eating and passing a lot of fluids and stuff. I feel better. Just trying to get that strength and energy back. Hopefully each day I will get that strength back a little bit.”

YANKEES: Derek Jeter was removed from New York’s lineup against the Phillies on Tuesday for “precautionary” reasons because his surgically repaired left ankle feels “stiff.” He said he might be able to play today, and doesn’t consider this a setback.

Jeter has mild inflammation of the ankle, a precautionary MRI showed. An X-ray was negative. He was listed as day-to-day.

The 13-time All-Star shortstop was slated to play his first road game this spring, but was scratched after taking batting practice. He is 3 for 11 so far this spring.

ANGELS: In a game where balls and strikes were briefly called from behind the pitcher’s mound after an umpire was injured, Albert Pujols made his spring debut at first base for Los Angeles in a 6-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Pujols played the field for the first time since off-season surgery on his right knee. The slugger went 0 for 2.

Pujols was hit by a pitch from Wily Peralta with two outs in the top of first inning. The ball deflected and broke plate umpire Seth Buckminster’s hand.

Buckminster left the game along with umpire Anthony Johnson, who changed into home-plate gear. After a brief delay, with only two umpires left on the field, play resumed for four batters with Tim McClelland calling pitches from behind the mound.

Johnson returned to the field and McClelland shifted to third base three batters into the bottom of the first.



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