Roy Halladay throws 87 pitches in rehab debut

Roy Halladay goes six innings in rehab debut, could return soon

8/15/13 in MLB   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Roy Halladay throws 87 pitches in rehab debutOne of the many factors that has contributed to the Philadelphia Phillies' disappointing 2013 campaign was starting pitcher Roy Halladay going down with a shoulder injury that required surgery back in May. After undergoing the knife, Halladay insisted that he would return to pitch in 2013, but many were not as optimistic.

However, hard work has paid off for Halladay, as the big righty recently threw 87 pitches over six innings in his first rehab game. He managed a quality start on the outing, giving up three runs, six hits, and three walks while striking out four. Considered unlikely to pitch again this season just a few months ago, Halladay now has a shot at returning to Major League action after his next rehab start.

The two-time Cy Young winner will want to forget about his pre-injury performance, as he posted a 2-4 record with a miserable 8.65 ERA. It is worth noting, however, that he turned in a good stretch of games before playing through shoulder pain that eventually led to surgery. From April 14-24, Halladay posted a 1.71 ERA over three straight quality starts.

Halladay's return will be too late for the Phillies, who are 15 games back of a wild card spot, but his return is not too late for fantasy owners. If you have an open DL spot on your roster, Halladay is worth a speculative add. Keep him on the bench and see how he does in his first start for the Phillies, and if he shuts down his opponent, plug him in for his next start and make a run at that championship.
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