Another key member of the Philadelphia Phillies is on the road back to the big club, as Roy Halladay is set to make his first rehab start for Single-A Clearwater on Thursday.
It’s official. Halladay rehab assignment starts Thursday in Clearwater.
— Bob Brookover (@brookob) July 10, 2012
Halladay has been sidelined with a lat injury since May 27th. The original timetable for his return was 6-8 weeks.
The Phillies, who currently sit last in the National League East, 14 games back of the Nationals, and ten games back for the final Wild Card spot, would need to a have a historic second half if they hope to see the postseason.
The team just recently welcomed back injured stars Chase Utley and Ryan Howard to the lineup, but failed to gain any ground over the final two weeks of the first half. In their last 15 games, the Phillies went 3-12, and all but dropped out of playoff contention.
Halladay on the season had started 11 games before the injury with a 3.98 ERA and 3.26 FIP. His return to the mound would all but send Kyle Kendrick to the bullpen, or even the minors. Since June 1st, Kendrick has allowed five or more runs in four of his last seven outings.
If all goes well, Halladay could rejoin the rotation for a start next Tuesday against the Dodgers.