ay was completely healthy.

Of course, that wasn’t true. After coming off the disabled list in July, Halladay admitted to feeling shoulder stiffness in spring training. Last month, he admitted he had lower-back issues during spring training 2012.

Halladay’s health was a question last spring because he suffered a noticeable drop in velocity.

On Tuesday, Halladay’s velocity was down – he topped out at 87 mph according to one scout – and the righthander was pounded for seven runs while allowing six hits, including two home runs, four walks and a hit batsmen in 2 2/3 innings against Detroit.

The performance led to more questions about Halladay’s health.

The pitcher says he’s fine.

Pitching coach Rich Dubee says Halladay is fine.

But they said the same thing last spring and it wasn’t true.

So it’s only natural that any appraisal of Halladay’s health would be met with some skepticism this spring.

“Roy had issues last year,” Dubee said. “He had issues. He can’t make it public. Why should he? You guys don’t need to know everything, first of all. This guy didn’t want anybody to know he was banged up last year.”