Out of the Batter’s Box: Halladay optimistic, Ruiz apologizes

Roy Halladay says he is feeling good and he cannot envision playing in any other city. That sounds like good news for Phillies fans, right? Halladay is entering the final year of his contract in Philadelphia and it will be a critical one. Halladay statistically has been on the decline since his arrival in Philadelphia in 2010 and he was worn down a little bit last season. He is still the workhorse of the staff in many respects but with velocity dropping there is reason to be concerned. Hey, he's still a very good pitcher. Nobody is saying he is not. But it is no secret that he needs to change part of his approach on the mound. He's smart enough to know that it sounds like, so that is a positive sign.

Doc confident he can rebound with healthy season – Todd Zolecki, MLB.com

Roy Halladay hopes for healthy, effective 2013 – Jim Salisbury, CSNPhilly.com

Roy Halladay confident back, shoulder injuries in past – Matt Gelb, Philly.com

Roy Halladay says he will pitch 320 innings if it means winning a World Series – David Murphy, Philly.com

Health, age force ace veteran Halladay to adjust – Hal Bodley, MLB.com

A defining year awaits Roy Halladay – Jayson Stark, ESPN.com

Ruiz apologizes

All too often in sports we see stories of athletes shrugging aside their problems. That was not the case with Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz on Wednesday. Meeting with the media for the first time since receiving a 25-game suspension, Ruiz apologized publicly to his teammates and the fans for putting himself in the situation. Apparently it got a little emotional for the Phillies catcher. It's OK Chooch. Just don't let it happen again. Your fans will forgive you (surely many already have).

Manuel says he sent a strong message to Ruiz – Bob Brookover, Philly.com

Ruiz talks about suspension – Ryan Lawrence, Philly.com

Carlos Ruiz 'answers' questions about Adderall suspension – John Gonzalez, CSNPhilly.com

Off the Bench

Mike Stutes ready to compete after surgery – John Gonzalez, CSNPhilly.com

13 things to watch as Phillies' spring training – Zoo With Roy, via Philly.com

Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free? – Bill Baer, Crashburn Alley

Mike Adams on schedule in recovery from surgery – Matt Gelb, Philly.com

Around the League

Felix Hernandez got paid – AP via ESPN.com

Fred Wilpon says money woes are behind Mets – Adam Rubin, ESPNNewYork.com

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Topps no longer references Pete Rose in baseball cards

Roster Notes

Relief pitcher Juan Cruz and the Phillies mutually agreed to part ways, allowing Cruz to test free agency.

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