Rehab start for Halladay; Howard's season over?

Rehab start for Halladay; Howard's season over?

August 12, 2013, 6:00 pm
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ATLANTA -- Roy Halladay will make an official minor-league rehabilitation start Thursday for the Phillies’ Gulf Coast League team, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Monday.

If all goes well in that start, Halladay will make another minor-league start five days later. If he checks out fine after that one, he could return to the Phillies’ rotation in the final week of August.

“If everything continues to go in a straight line, he could be back after two (rehab) starts,” Amaro said. “But it depends on how he feels. You can’t crystal-ball it.”

Halladay, recovering from mid-May shoulder surgery, will throw 75-80 pitches Thursday. The right-hander pitched a simulated game in Florida on Saturday and threw again in the bullpen Monday.

“He had a very good session,” Amaro said.

Halladay is eager to begin a rehab assignment. He has said he will be looking to perform at a high level in these games as he looks to be ready for major-league action.

"I want to make sure when I start my rehab assignment I feel like I am able to compete at a high level," Halladay said last week. "I want to compete in those games like I would (in the majors) so I know where I stand when I get here. I'm not interested in coming back and pitching at the same level I was early this year. I want to come back and pitch at a high level."

Amaro offered several other health updates:

• Jonathan Pettibone, on the DL with a right shoulder strain, will pitch for Reading on Thursday night.

• Ryan Howard is recovering from knee surgery in Florida. He has not yet begun to swing a bat, and Amaro is uncertain whether he will play again this season.

“I have no idea when or if he is going to be back this year,” Amaro said. “If he’s 100 percent and doing baseball activities, it’s possible. But there’s no reason to rush him back.”

Working with Phillies injury-rehab staff, Howard has lost “15 to 20 pounds,” Amaro said.

“He’s doing rather well,” Amaro said.

• In other news, outfielder Laynce Nix, who was designated for assignment last week, cleared waivers and declined assignment to Triple A. He has been released.

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