Two weeks from today, the Phillies are hoping Roy Halladay will take the mound for the second game of the regular season at Turner Field against the Atlanta Braves.
Halladay's progress this spring has been slowed in the last 8 days, however.
First in getting knocked around against the Detroit Tigers in a 2 2/3 inning start that left him feeling "lethargic." Then, in his most recent start on Sunday, Halladay exited after one inning with a stomach illness.
But Halladay, who lost about 10 pounds in 2 days as a result of that illness, got back on the mound on Wednesday, a day when the rest of the Phillies had a scheduled day off. Halladay threw his regular, in-between starts bullpen session.
"Roy threw very well," pitching coach Rich Dubee said through a team spokesman. "He lost almost 10 pounds, so he's got to gain some weight back and get his strength."
Halladay's next step: he's scheduled to throw in a game at the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater on Saturday. If that holds up and he continues to progress, Halladay would likely be in line for March 28, the final day the Phils will spend in Clearwater before breaking camp and heading north.
That game (March 28 against the Toronto Blue Jays) would figure to be the only time Halladay will face major league hitters before the regular season starts.