Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay watches from the dugout against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
The Phillies ace has been out two months, but will return to their rotation this week.
Phillies ace Roy Halladay has been on the disabled list for nearly two months with a lat injury. It might be too late for the team's playoff hopes this season, but Halladay is on track to return to the rotation on Tuesday. Bob Brookover:
After throwing 28 pitches in the bullpen at Coors Field, the two-time Cy Young Award winner said he "felt fine." Pitching coach Rich Dubee indicated Halladay will be ready to pitch Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers "unless I'm told he can't," Dubee said.
The pitching coach also said Halladay will be on a pitch count, but declined to reveal what the count will be.
It might not be cause-and-effect, but the Phillies have dropped out of contention with a 12-27 record since Halladay has been out. They currently stand 14 games out of first place and 12 games out of a wild-card spot; that's a lot of ground to make up and their five-year playoff run could be over. But they'll surely be happy to send their top pitcher to the mound every fifth day.