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Roy Halladay throws off mound for first time since shoulder surgery

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

For the first time since shoulder surgery, Roy Halladay threw off a mound on Sunday.
For the first time since shoulder surgery, Roy Halladay threw off a mound on Sunday. (USATSI)

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Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay made a significant step Sunday in his rehab from shoulder surgery, throwing off a mound in the bullpen for the first time, according to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly.

Halladay, 36, had surgery to "clean up" his pitching shoulder back in May. Specifically, the procedure removed bone spurs and repaired both a frayed labrum and a partially torn rotator cuff. He started playing catch late last month and everything felt good. Obviously Doc has taken his rehab a step further.

In seven starts before the surgery, Halladay went 2-4 with an 8.65 ERA and 1.46 WHIP. He first felt something in his shoulder in late April but didn't say anything until just before the surgery. A shoulder strain sent him to the DL for close to two months last season, after which he pitched to a 4.93 ERA in 14 starts.

Although there is a small chance Halladay could return from the surgery in September, he is expected to miss the rest of the season. He will hit the open market for the first time in his career this offseason and will be one of the most interesting free agents in recent memory, given his track record and injury.

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