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Dubee encouraged by Halladay's bullpen session

Dubee won't place any timetable on Halladay's return but he said he was encouraged on what he saw.

Dubee encouraged by Halladay's bullpen session

Philadelphia Phillies´ Roy Halladay is shown during second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, July 13, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
Philadelphia Phillies' Roy Halladay is shown during second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, July 13, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

NEW YORK -- Righthander Roy Halladay threw his first bullpen session since having shoulder surgery on May 15. According to Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee, Halladay threw 20 pitches, all fastballs. The session came Sunday morning, hours before the Phillies game with the New York Mets at Citi Field.

Dubee won’t place any timetable on Halladay’s return but he said he was encouraged on what he saw.

“It’s a start,” Dubee said before the Phillies game. “He will determine how fast he will go by how he is feeling and as we increase reps.”

Dubee says there is a plan, but one that is flexible, depending on Halladay’s progress.

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Halladay last pitched May 5, allowing nine runs in 2 1/3 innings in a 14-2 loss to the Miami Marlins. He was placed on the disabled list the next day.

Even with limited time, Dubee says that he sees Halladay returning as a starting pitcher, even though he could come back quicker as a reliever.

“In my mind he is (a starting pitcher), I don’t’ know about anybody else’s,” Dubee said. “What are you going to do with a two-time Cy Young winner if he is healthy and throwing good?”

Dubee says that the least of his concerns at this point is how hard Halladay is throwing.

“I could care less about velocity,” he said. “I am looking for his delivery to be intact, his arm action to be intact, and his arm slot to be up in the proper slot and today was a good day.”

Marc Narducci Inquirer Staff Writer
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