Halladay Tosses 6 Innings with GCL Phillies

halladayRoy Halladay took a huge leap forward in his progression following shoulder surgery three months ago to the day. In Clearwater, with the Gulf Coast League Phillies, Halladay tossed six innings, allowing three runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out four, throwing 87 pitches.

There has been no word on what kind of velocity was behind his fastball, although I’m sure we’ll know that information in the coming hours. According to Chris Branch of the Wilmington News Journal, some onlookers tweeted he was mostly in the mid-80’s.

If Halladay and the Phillies are happy with the start, the next move could be to Lehigh Valley as they will be home when his turn in the rotation takes place Tuesday. The Phillies have said Halladay could need as few as two starts before returning to the major leagues. That said, if he’s only in the 80’s with his fastball against teenagers in the GCL, maybe a few more starts to get his endurance back to normal levels wouldn’t be such a bad thing.



  1. Hogey's Role

    August 15, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Yeah no need to rush him back, let him build some strength in the minors

  2. Dan

    August 15, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Why not just bring him up the the Show? I mean, sure, he could use “rehab” starts, but could he be any worse than he was when he left and he has been all year?

    • Phil Ease

      August 15, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      Perhaps he couldn’t be any worse, but throwing at 86 MPH isn’t going to be much (if at all) better either.

  3. c. schreiber

    August 15, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    What’s the difference? It not as if it means anything. We’re already given up when they brought up MiniMart and started him in 3 games.. So what the F—!

    • schmenkman

      August 15, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      Right — it has nothing to do with this season. If he’s effective, the Phillies probably offer him at least a qualifying offer for 1 yr/~14M. If he accepts, they have an effective pitcher. If he declines, they get a compensatory pick.

      • schmenkman

        August 15, 2013 at 9:52 pm

        And beyond that, there is general interest in whether an elite pitcher (one near and dear to Phillies fans) can regain some of his past form.

  4. Bart Shart

    August 15, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Halladay , as great a pitcher as he is, is indeed on a steep downward slope in his career because he is old with many miles on his arm and shoulder. Let’s face it, he is pitching for a contract next year. A good contract. And, if he pitches well, Amaro will open the checkbook.
    Let’s hope that the Phils have the money to resign Dom Brown when the time comes, because
    I believe that Dom will be testing the market and leaving the Phils.

  5. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 16, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Don’t fall for it Ruben.

    He is like Charlie Brown every time he thinks the football will still be there.
    Sign old guys with extensive injury histories long term and for big bucks.

    And we all know he will fall for it like the dummy he is.
    Its both sad and funny at the same time.




    A country bumpkin.

    yokel – bumpkin – hick

  6. Ken Bland

    August 16, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Silly as it is to comment in advance, this presser in a little under an hour,now rumored as regarding a manager change is REAL interesting.

    Perhaps they have seen enough of Sandberg to have a real feel for how he’d do based on communication with players. And I’d be inclined to trust their judgement, but to me, assuming that’s what goes down, I kinda wish they’d wait the season out with him on interim basis, and see who’s available.

    But, it’d be nice to see Ryno finally get a shot, so I wouldn’t begrudge it.

    If this is the subject, I hope Char;ie’s future is good, and am glad for him to get away from a few more weeks of this disaster.

  7. Mike in NJ

    August 16, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    As much as I’d like to see Roy back ASAP, he clearly isn’t ready. A fastball topping out at 87 MPH and the rest of his stuff wasn’t getting A ball players out. He’d get shelled again up here.

  8. Jaron B

    August 17, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Yeah, get him a third start if he’s not at least 90 on his fastball. Great news!

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