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Roy Halladay throws for first time since lat muscle injury

Jun 15, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

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Roy Halladay still has a long way to go in his recovery from a strained right lat muscle, but he took a small step in the right direction today.

Jim Salisbury of reports that Halladay played catch with Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee this afternoon at Rogers Centre. It was his first time throwing since being shut down after leaving a start against the Cardinals on May 27.

Halladay made a total of 30 tosses from a distance of 60 feet and plans to do the same Sunday.

“I felt good,” he said. “This is one of the steps. It was good. The other [steps] have been good so far, so we’ll go from there.”

Halladay was originally expected to be shut down for three whole weeks, so he’s actually a couple days ahead of schedule right now. Barring any setbacks this weekend, the veteran right-hander plans to pick up the intensity of his throwing on Tuesday.

The original timetable had Halladay missing 6-8 weeks, so he could rejoin the Phillies’ rotation by the end of July if he can remain on schedule.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 15, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Get well soon Doc. Great that you visited Toronto!

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 17, 2012 at 1:51 AM

      he laughed at your city as he was leaving cause he got sick of playing for losers, too bad he went to another loser, actually a team thats even a bigger loser then the jays and thats saying something

  2. approvenothing - Jun 15, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    You see this man, phans? This man is Doc Halladay. He is your last hope. Because honestly, what difference will the overpaid Howard make when he gets back?

    • CJ - Jun 16, 2012 at 10:46 AM

      honestly, even overpaid and yes, perhaps even one-legged, Howard’s still better than Wiggington or Mayberry. don’t be silly.

      • approvenothing - Jun 16, 2012 at 1:58 PM

        Wasn’t meaning that to be serious at all. But he is better than them, by far. Obviously struck a nerve with some people making fun of him. It’s kinda cute.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:58 PM

        So…you were just trolling for a response? And you feel vindicated after it took more than 12 hours for that to happen?

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 17, 2012 at 1:54 AM

        Go hide in your whole utley, your team is toast and its gonna be another 30 years before they even come close to the playoffs, thats not bragging, thats reality. Enjoy that aging team thats going nowhere fast and all phillie fans deserve it since they are the worse fans in the history of sports. Thats been proven

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