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Roy Halladay to begin rehab assignment Thursday, could return later this month

Aug 12, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

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Nearly three months removed from right shoulder surgery, Roy Halladay is ready to return to game action.

According to Jim Salisbury of, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said this afternoon that Halladay will begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with the team’s Gulf Coast League affiliate. He was given the go-ahead after making it through a simulated game Saturday and a bullpen session earlier today.

Halladay is slated to throw about 80-85 pitches on Thursday. Amaro indicated that he could require just two rehab starts, which would place his return in the final week of August.

“If everything continues to go in a straight line, he could be back after two (rehab) starts,” Amaro said. “But it depends on how he feels. You can’t crystal-ball it.”

Halladay posted an uncharacteristic 8.65 ERA over seven starts prior to surgery in May to have a bone spur removed from his right shoulder as well as a partially torn rotator cuff and frayed labrum repaired. While the Phillies will be playing out the string over the final five weeks of the season, it will present Halladay with an opportunity to showcase his health and effectiveness. The 36-year-old is due to hit free agency this offseason.

  1. therealtrenches - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Tumbleweeds and cricket chirps in the comment sections of Phillies articles….

    Abject misery.

  2. mgflolox - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    I hope he can come back, he’s a helluva lot of fun to watch when he’s on.

  3. 13arod - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    I will see him pitch then will be at that game and will get his autograph

    • Utley's Hair - Aug 13, 2013 at 12:36 AM

  4. yankeepunk3000 - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    I hope the yankees take a shot at him I would love to see halladay in pinstripes. Guy has always been an ace I just don’t want to see him go out like this. Kuroda and Halladay. come on Yanks make it happen 2014

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