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Roy Halladay is heading to Clearwater to “ramp up” his rehab; could pitch by September

Aug 7, 2013, 5:44 PM EDT

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The Phillies season is going to end in September, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to look forward to.

Halladay, 36, is 11 weeks removed from shoulder surgery performed in mid-May. He’ll head to Clearwater on Thursday to “ramp up” his rehab and face live hitters, according to Phillies insider Jim Salisbury.

Halladay will pitch a simulated game on Saturday. He feels good and has suffered no setbacks. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. hopes Halladay will be ready to return to the Phils’ rotation by September.

He won’t just be pitching for the warm fuzzies of Philly fans. He’ll also be showcasing himself for free agency this winter.

  1. buffal0sportsfan - Aug 7, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    The Angels would love to give you 100 million regardless of how you pitch.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Aug 7, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    This could really impact their playoff run.

  3. misterj167 - Aug 7, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    I could almost understand why he would want to do this is the Phillies were in contention, but why risk re-injuring the arm by coming back too soon? Take your time, get healthy, and come back next year when you have a chance to help your team play better. I’m not even a Phillies fan and I’m saying this.

    • greymares - Aug 7, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      because he’s a free agent with no contract for next year. it has to be found out for him and the teams to see what kind of value he will have. If he’s the old Doc or anywhere close there will be a large bidding war. The Phillies will only be in the mix if they can get competitive be close to the top with the money, and keep Charlie and Dubee as the pitching coach.

      • bleedgreen - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:09 PM

        There’s also some feeling that he might take a low ball 1 year deal from the Phillies to ‘make it up to them’ for being terrible/injured the past 2 years and that he feels he ‘owes’ the fans something. I’m not sure I buy it, but if its true, he’s a great ball player and person.

  4. misterj167 - Aug 7, 2013 at 6:35 PM


  5. scotttheskeptic - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    @grey: your last sentence puts me in a cold sweat.

    • greymares - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:14 AM

      I understand but Halladay,s a big fan of Dubee. If Charlies gone Dubee is too.

  6. convincedofthehex - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    $1 beer night at a Threshers game on Tuesday and Halladay pitching. This is going to be good.

  7. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    man did the jays get robbed when they traded this guy? I mean who did they get in return? Drabek? hahahhahhha

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