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Roy Halladay throws off a mound for the first time since his mid-May shoulder procedure

Jul 21, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

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Jim Salisbury of has the update:

Roy Halladay still has many miles to go in his recovery from mid-May shoulder surgery, but he did take an important step toward rejoining the Phillies’ rotation when he threw from a mound for the first time since surgery on Sunday morning.

Citi Field was quiet and almost empty when Halladay started long-tossing in the outfield. He then moved into the bullpen where he threw 20 pitches – all straight – from the mound.

“He did fine. He’s right on schedule,” Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee told reporters after the short workout. “Ever since Day 1, it has been very encouraging because his range of motion has been phenomenal. His arm slot is closer to where it was in 2010. It’s probably a good eight to 12 inches higher.”

Halladay is aiming to return to the Phillies’ starting rotation in late August or early September.

The veteran right-hander had an 8.65 ERA in 34 1/3 innings this year before going under the knife.

  1. fanofevilempire - Jul 21, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    I thought they reported that Doc was finished, maybe he doesn’t know yet

    Glad to see Harvey shut down the Phillies, thanks to Jimmy Rollins stupid move
    jogging past the mound Harvey had that bulldog look as he silenced the Phillies.
    Almost forgot, it was great to see C. Lee smacked around as pay back for the
    douche bag move during intro’s at all star game.

    • xmatt0926x - Jul 21, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      I love when fans take this kind of stuff seriously when the players couldn’t give two shits about your ridiculous fan loyalty. You can bet the house there isn’t one Met who even remembers or thought twice about Cliff Lee’s dreaded “death stare”. They would also have a hearty laugh at any lame fans who would take such issues too seriously.

      Some people really need some more diversity in their lives.

  2. therealtrenches - Jul 21, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Doc has said all along he’d be back. I missed both offending incidents (by Rollins and Lee), that you speak of. What’s they each do?

  3. eagles512 - Jul 21, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Lee was joking at the all star game. Lighten up

  4. proudlycanadian - Jul 21, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Good luck to Doc. Today Carlos Delgado was added to the Jays Level Of Excellence. I expect that Doc will eventually join Delgado, Alomar, Carter, Bell, Stieb etc.

  5. bleedgreen - Jul 21, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    What I want to know is, if the dude had 8-12″ LESS arm motion, who looked at that and said ‘Yup, totally normal.’

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