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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – When Roy Halladay announced he’d be having surgery on his right shoulder, he said his doctor’s hope was that the procedure could help Halladay “turn back the clock.”
So far, so good.
“He was throwing it about 75 MPH you know, a week or two ago,” Roy Halladay’s wife Brandy told the 94WIP Morning Show on Thursday. “And that was at 75 feet. He’s back at 80-90 feet now, and doing really well. I’m very excited. He feels as good as he did ten years ago, he told me.”
The initial prognosis was that Halladay could begin rehab within six to eight weeks after surgery, which took place on May 16th. Once something that seemed like a long shot, a late August or early September return for the two-time Cy Young award winner doesn’t seem unreasonable.
“I would say [he is] right along the same time frame that’d we always thought he could be back into games within that three month period and here we are, at what seven weeks after surgery? It’s been seven weeks? So my best guess would be simulated games within the next couple weeks, and depending on how he feels, in Philly for good,” Brandy Halladay said. “I know everybody wants to know, and I would love to know too. It’s close to the end of his career. I don’t want to see him end on a grand slam home run. He needs to end on a better note. He deserves a better finish than that, and I still want a ring.”
Halladay will be an unrestricted free-agent after this season, and whether the Phillies decide to try and re-sign him may have a lot to do with how the next few months ago. The future of Roy Halladay, anywhere, will have a lot to do with how the next few months go.
“This is a process that so many of these guys go through. What they to do to their bodies is not natural,” Halladay’s wife said. “This is the natural progression of what a pitcher goes through with their body when they play baseball, and when they do it the right way. He’s done this right, he’s been healthy, he’s been legitimate, and your body struggles. And so, I think he understands that the process—the timing was horrible. Nobody wants to ever have to go through that, but he took it with stride and we tried to make the best decisions that we could so that he could get back in there as quickly as possible and so far everything has been great.”