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Phillies activate Roy Halladay for Sunday start

Aug 25, 2013, 9:38 AM EDT

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Roy Halladay was all set to make his third minor league rehab start at Double-A Reading, but the Phillies’ scheduled starter for Sunday’s series finale against the Diamondbacks had to pitch in relief in Saturday night’s 18-inning marathon loss so “Doc” is back in the bigs in a sudden change of course.’s Jim Salisbury reports that Halladay has been activated from the 60-day disabled list and will take the mound on Sunday afternoon versus Arizona in the place of Tyler Cloyd. Halladay went six innings in each of his two minor league rehab starts, so the Phillies don’t have to put him on a limited pitch count. But expectations should probably be low.

Halladay — who underwent shoulder surgery on May 16 and hasn’t pitched in the majors since — allowed 13 hits, six walks and five runs over 12 minor league innings while averaging around 87 mph on his fastball.

The 36-year-old righty had an 8.65 ERA in seven starts this season for Philly before hitting the shelf.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 25, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Good luck Doc!

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 25, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      Great game Doc! You sure showed the doubters!

  2. aceshigh11 - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Are they nuts? Give the guy some more time to get strong.

    An 87 MPH fastball? Not a Phillies fan, but I am a Doc fan, and I have a verrrrry bad feeling about this.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      Are you afraid they’ll jeopardize their playoff spot if he loses? What’s another six innings of throwing grapefruits?

      • aceshigh11 - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:38 AM


        No of course it’s not about the Phillies’ playoff chances. It’s about Doc being healthy and strong enough to start.

        The dude’s crafty as hell, but if he can only crank his fastball at 87 MPH, he’s either been holding back, or he needs more time to get well.

        Why risk embarrassing himself? This timeline seems super-accelerated.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:53 AM

        Must…resist…urge…to make a joke about embarrassing himself whenever he puts on a Phillies jersey….urgh…

      • aceshigh11 - Aug 25, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        Now that’s just uncalled for. 😉

    • toodrunktotastethischicken - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      Dumb idea, only because of the marathon game last night. According to the FO he was the “best option” available, no idea who was supposed to start at LV today.

    • flamethrower101 - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      I agree. I do not like this at all, and if he blows out his shoulder again I’ll just laugh at my TV. Not at Doc, but at the Phillies for making this dick move. Rooting for Doc to do well but I did not expect him to return this season, let alone in August. What the hell happened to September?

      • evanwins - Aug 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        Hey genius, did it ever occur to you that maybe this was Doc’s call? That maybe he pushed to start today?

      • aceshigh11 - Aug 25, 2013 at 1:41 PM

        Of course he’s gonna push to start. He’s a competitor…that’s what he does.

        However, it should NOT be his call. The pitching coach, the manager, his rehab team and the team doctors all need to make the call which HAS to supersede Halladay’s desire to pitch.

      • jwbiii - Aug 25, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        Is he really more likely to blow out his shoulder in Philadelphia than in Reading? I think Halladay knows what the deal is: Throw your 80-90 pitches, don’t worry about the outcome, and don’t use all the hot water.

      • phillyfrank - Aug 25, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        It was Sandberg’s call. He said so during the after game presser early this morning.

    • evanwins - Aug 25, 2013 at 3:25 PM


      Look at how wrong all of you were! All you know-it-alls, turns out you don’t know half of what you think you know.

      6 innings, 4 hits, 2 walks, 3 K’s, 2 ER against a very good offense that includes the leagues HR and RBI leader.

      Out-pitches Patrick Corbin who gives up 6 runs to an inferior offense.

      None of you will ever admit that you were wrong though. You’ll come up with some BS to save face.

      Bunch of morons on here, save for a few.

      • aceshigh11 - Aug 25, 2013 at 3:51 PM

        Oh, yeah…you’ve got us all pegged…you’re a regular Carnac. Hey, check this out, tough guy:

        I was wrong.

        There ya go.

        If he keeps it up for the rest of the season, I will gladly admit I was wrong.

        However, I still think they’re taking risks that don’t need to be taken.

  3. pkswally024 - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    It’s like Carlton all over again. Except with us. I love the man. Total bromance. Good luck today doc. Hope the baseball gods are with you.

  4. dkphilly1122 - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    As a Phillies fan I can’t agree more that he should NOT be pitching today in the majors. Bring up Biddle and see what the kid can do to major league hitters instead of bringing my boy Doc up too soon. He needs more work and it isn’t like they gotta rush him. Get him two-three good starts by the years end so he can let teams see how he looks for a new contract. Fire RAJ too, thanks.

    • paperlions - Aug 25, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      Biddle just pitched 2 days ago.

    • evanwins - Aug 25, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      And he’s not on the 40 man. And you’ll start his clock. And he’s not ready.

  5. paperlions - Aug 25, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    There is no difference between a rehab start and a MLB start with respect to Halladay’s health. I’m sure they also asked him before making the move to see what he thought. Regardless of league, he’ll just be trying to execute pitches…there is no increased risk of injury just because he’s in MLB rather than AA…that’s just silly talk.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 25, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      Apparently, the air has more resistance in an MLB park. Who knew?

    • Francisco (FC) - Aug 25, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      Rehab starts are supposed to suck mostly. Most seem concerned Doc is setting himself up to look bad and hurt his value. Others might see it as gifting Arizona a win. I see it as Doc continuing his rehab at the MLB level. I fully expect him to get hit around today since he still needs to build more strength in his arm and his mechanics straightened out. You can’t expect him to dazzle after a few months of surgery. It’s unrealistic. Blame this on Phillies hitters who time after time blew chances to walk off since extras last night.

      • evanwins - Aug 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM

        “Blame this on Phillies hitters who time after time blew chances to walk off”

        The same bunch you can blame for Revere’s injury. The couldn’t finish off ChiSox then and eventually Revere got hurt. Collateral damage from being a bad offensive team that can’t push a run across the plate when it needs to.

      • paperlions - Aug 25, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        Oh, I agree. He’ll probably look like crap….but I don’t think it’ll affect his value since teams KNOW he’s still rehabbing and know that shoulder injuries are horrible things for pitchers….sucks for Philly to not have a viable option at AAA or AA on the right amount of rest….but better to throw Halladay than to rush a prospect, IMO.

        Who knows, maybe he’ll do well or he won’t have to and Ruf will continue mashing.

      • Francisco (FC) - Aug 25, 2013 at 4:11 PM

        He did well today and the offense backed him up. I’m glad my expectations were proven wrong.

    • calmincali - Aug 25, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      So you’re saying pitchers always pitch with the same amount of effort regardless of the situation? A pitcher rehabbing in the minors knows he doesn’t have to go all out every pitch.

      However, a guy like Halladay, who came out and passionately talked about how sorry he was that he wasn’t performing up to his own standards? I don’t get the feeling that he’s the kind of guy who is going to take is easy.

      • paperlions - Aug 25, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        You think Halladay doesn’t have enough experience to monitor his own effort level and stay within himself? He’s smarter than that…he’s doing the Phillies a favor by stepping up when they need him….but he’s not going to do anything he wouldn’t do in a rehab start. Rehab starts aren’t batting practice…guys are trying to get their command and feel back, but they don’t pitch with less effort…they just don’t particularly care about outcomes compared to getting their work in.

      • aceshigh11 - Aug 25, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        What do you mean “need him”? Their season is over. Maybe they should just let Halladay continue his rehab at the MLB level.

        Doc throwing batting practice is about as good as anyone else on that staff actually pitching with effort.

  6. pxeeks - Aug 25, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    This is not going to end good.. come on Doc. Pretend you r an MD docand put yourself on lite duty. Don’t go out there!!

  7. coloradogolfcoupons - Aug 25, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    I won’t watch. I’m pretty sure Doc has seen his best days come and go, and I prefer to remember him in his prime. Hope I’m wrong, but the history of star pitchers hanging on past their prime is littered with dead arms and bad memories for me.

    • jwbiii - Aug 25, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      Like most 36 year old ballplayers, he’s not what he was. Do you not watch the Rockies because Todd Helton, age 39, is no longer a perennial MVP candidate?

      • coloradogolfcoupons - Aug 25, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        Why the hell do you care what I watch?

      • historiophiliac - Aug 25, 2013 at 2:29 PM


      • jwbiii - Aug 25, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        coloradogolfcoupons, You made your viewing preferences a topic of conversation, not me.

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