Roy Halladay returned to the mound today for the first time since his (potentially career-killing) shoulder surgery in May. Opponent: Gulf Coast League Pirates. The Line: 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 3 BBs, 4 Ks. And apparently, it may only be two weeks until he returns to the bigs, against Arizona on August 25th at CBP. Given that the Phillies are going nowhere, it might be worth not playing him at all this season for two reasons. One, he’s a free agent. If he pitches well (or even pitches at all) other teams won’t be as scared to make him an offer, which will drive up his price. Two, why risk another injury by bringing him back so soon? Whatever Doc says the docs say about the surgery turning “back the clock two or three years,” it doesn’t seem prudent to throw him out there for four or five meaningless starts. [Inquirer]
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