LAKEWOOD – Roy Halladay praised former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel but the pitcher sounded Tuesday night like the Phillies needed the managerial change.

Halladay said new manager Ryne Sandberg has addressed some issues that troubled the team under Manuel.

“From what I’ve seen Ryne came in and made some changes and addressed some issues that I think were being overlooked,” Halladay said after he made a rehabilitation start for the Lakewood BlueClaws on Tuesday.

What were those issues?

“Different things,” Halladay said. “Guys being in places on time, being on the field on time, taking ground balls, taking extra (batting practice).  All those little things that nobody thinks makes a difference.”

The Phillies fired Manuel last Friday. Sandberg in his introductory press conference spoke of the Phillies lackadaisical style of play. Halladay sounded Tuesday as if he completely agreed with the new manager.

“As much as I miss Charlie, I think Ryne is going to do a good job,” Halladay said. “I think he’s going to bring back a little more of the Phillie baseball style than we’ve had the last couple of years. We really haven’t had that whole team effort or that whole team hustle that we’ve had in prior years.”

Halladay said he exchanged texts with Manuel after the manager was let go.

“Obviously, I loved him,” Halladay said. “He was great. I don’t want to take anything away from Charlie. We all respect him tremendously. I think he’s going to have the choice of what he wants to do at this point in his life. I’m happy for him.”

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