Halladay feeling good after rehab start

"It was obviously pain free, and I felt free and easy," Roy Halladay said about his rehab start. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

DENVER -- Roy Halladay remained on the disabled list as the Phillies opened the second half of their season Friday night in Coors Field, but it was clear his sights were focused on being back on a big-league mound Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.

After pitching three innings during a minor-league rehab assignment with single-A Clearwater Thursday night in Florida, Halladay rejoined his teammates in the visiting clubhouse here and was entirely upbeat about the way he felt.

"It went good," he said. "I felt good. You know, I felt like for the most part everything was good at times. Location, there were some mistakes at times, but I felt good."

The most positive development for Halladay since he landed on the disabled list with tightness in the back of his right shoulder after a May 27 start in St. Louis has been the fact that he is again able to throw free and easy.

"The biggest problem I was having before was getting up and down in between innings," he said. "I felt like I was laboring. But I didn't feel like that (Thursday). I felt like I stayed loose the whole time. It was obviously pain free and I felt free and easy."

Halladay, 4-5 with a 3.98 ERA when he went on the disabled list, has one last hurdle to clear before being activated from the disabled list. He will throw a bullpen Saturday at Coors Field under the watchful eye of pitching coach Rich Dubee.

"I just keep going step by step," Halladay said. "But after (Saturday), I'll talk to Ruben (Amaro) and Dubes and we'll go from there. But I don't anticipate not feeling good, so I'll throw my pen, work on a couple things I want to work and we'll talk after that."

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