Roy Halladay returns to the mound Sunday
For the first time since May 5, Roy Halladay will take the hill for the Phillies Sunday.
Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay will take the hill Sunday for the first time in big-league action since May 5.
Halladay was actually set to make a minor-league rehab start, but the club unexpectedly announced that he'll instead start for the Phillies against Arizona Sunday.
Halladay's been recovering from surgery to clean up bone spurs, a frayed labrum and a partially torn rotator cuff back in May.
With the Phillies not in playoff contention, they didn't have a great need for him to return, but Halladay himself has one. He's a free agent after the season, as he's not going to have enough innings pitched for his $20 million option for 2014 to vest.
Halladay, 36, is 2-4 with an 8.65 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 35 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings this season. He's an eight-time All-Star and two-time Cy Young winner. In two minor-league rehab starts, he allowed four earned runs on 13 hits in 12 innings pitched, good for a 3.00 ERA and 1.58 WHIP. He struck out eight and walked six.