Dubee Says Halladay Will Start On Tuesday – Phillies Nation

Dubee Says Halladay Will Start On Tuesday

Roy Halladay will start for the Phillies on Tuesday. (AP)

After watching him throw a 28-pitch bullpen session earlier today, Rich Dubee announced that Roy Halladay had completely recovered from his shoulder strain and will start when the team visits the Dodgers on Tuesday. Halladay–who has not started a game since May 27, and has been on the DL since May 29–will be on a pitch count, though how high that number is unclear at this time.

Halladay pitched three innings for Class-A Clearwater on Thursday and felt no soreness afterwards.

Doc’s return is a welcome one, as the team has gone just 12-27 since he’s been out, a period when the Phils really dropped out of contention for a division title or wild card birth.

The important thing at this point is getting Halladay back and throwing at 100%. He had gone 4-5 with a 3.98 ERA before landing on the DL. His performance was sub-par by the standard of his loft career numbers, but there’s no telling just how bothered Halladay was by shoulder issues. He’s healthy now and the team will need him to return to form, not only for the rest of this season, but in preparation for next season as well.

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  1. Ken Bland

    July 14, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Yes, he will, and as early as a couple days ago, a lot of people here expressed that another rehab would be wise.

    Watch how this sucker plays out.

    Gotta love that there’s a game that excites, so rare as it’s been since Opening Day, but I can’t wait for this one. Finally, some national attention on the Phils for something other than a trade rumor, or measure of a miserable year.

  2. brooks

    July 14, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Have you been watching his progression during his rehab? What is it that the upper management has seen that I have not? How is his velocity? Location? Change up?

    • Ken Bland

      July 14, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      Velo on the rehab was maybe as much as 4 mph off. He was at 93 a lot last year, 91 earlier this year, 89 on the rehab. I assume location was good, off the 44 strikes in 61 pitches.

      He won’t dominate Tuesday, maybe flashes of it, but in a friendly pitcher’s park, against a not so good offense (Kemp and Ethier are back, so let’s give them bennie of the doubt and assume they at least can hit), maybe alter the game plan with fewer fastballs, and more guile, he should do well. It’s also possible he might have not thrown as hard as he could in his rehab.

      The Doc will do a good job. Whether they catch the ball behind him, and play good fundamental baseball is out of control, but you won’t be displeased with his particular results.

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