The Philadelphia Inquirer's Matt Gelb reports that there was a disagreement between Kratz and Halladay in Halladay's first start of the season last Wednesday in Atlanta.
More than one of Roy Halladay's 95 pitches during his season debut were amiss, but it was one in particular that upset the 35-year-old pitcher the most. He threw a two-strike, 91 m.p.h. fastball low to Justin Upton. It landed as a home run.
Halladay later called the pitch "halfhearted." He said he was not keen on throwing the pitch where catcher Erik Kratz had set his mitt.
"We went in with a low target, which isn't what we wanted to do," Halladay said. "You're not going to get him out there. What I wanted to do wasn't executed."
Halladay has struggled with his velocity throughout the spring and, more concerning, he has struggled with his command. He faces a 4-2 Mets team that is throwing their young, stud righthander Matt Harvey.
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