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 still expects to pitch during the Philadelphia 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 Tuesday. ''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.''
Halladay left his start Sunday against Baltimore after one inning after feeling ill. The two-time Cy Young Award winner was coming off a rough outing that raised concerns about his health. But the 35-year-old righty insists he's not bothered by the lower back and shoulder problems that forced ...