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What Is the Roy Halladay Contingency Plan?

Roy Halladay had to leave yesterday afternoon’s spring training affair due to a stomach illness, continuing what has been another ugly spring for the two-time Cy Young award winner. Halladay had allowed six runs in 2.2 innings of work in his previous start, an outing which was followed up by reports of low velocity readings and concern from scouts. Naturally, Halladay’s continued spring malaise has led many to worry about the right-hander’s ability to contribute in 2013, though catcher Erik Kratz and manager Charlie Manuel both insisted Halladay is fine.

That does bring up the ugly question that needs to be asked, though: if Halladay isn’t able to go at some point during the season, what do the Phillies do? Kyle Kendrick and John Lannan sit behind Halladay on the depth chart at #4 and 5 in the rotation, respectively, and would be bumped up a slot in his absence. Who would be available in case of emergency?

There are also a few free agents left out there:

If you ask me, I’d call upon Cloyd for a short-term fix and Pettibone for a season-long fix, if necessary. Cloyd’s arbitration clock has already begun and doesn’t stand to gain anything more by consistently being in Triple-A, so he could be someone who makes a couple starts here and there throughout the season as is necessary. Pettibone would benefit more from pitching every fifth day, something which would only be guaranteed if Halladay were to land on the disabled list for an extended period of time, and something he would definitely get with Lehigh Valley.