According to ESPN, Roy Halladay  According to ESPN, Roy Halladay 

Phillies’ Roy Halladay To Make Rehab Start Thursday

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According to ESPN, Roy Halladay may be making his return to Philadelphia soon.  He is set to make a rehab

start today, and if all goes well, Halladay could return to the Phillies by next week.  Halladay hit the DL in May with a strained right shoulder.

At the time of the injury, Halladay had made 11 starts and was 4-5.  He currently has a 3.98 ERA.  The Phillies as a team have a team ERA of 4.23 which ranks 22nd in the league.  Even if Halladay can’t improve on that 3.98 ERA, it will still be an overall improvement.  However, Halladay has a career 3.25 ERA.  It’s safe to assume he will be able to lower his 2012 ERA by the end of the year.  The bigger question is how much he’ll be able to help the struggling Phillies.

Philadelphia is are in dead last in the National League East – and it’s not even close.  They are five games back of fourth place.  They are 14 games back of first.  They are even 10 games back of the Wild Card.  Most telling, the Phillies are 13 games under .500.  The season is all but over, but if Halladay can help Philadelphia rattle off a few wins early in the second half, he may single-handedly be able to save them from an all-out sale.

With Cole Hamels clearly on the market, it’s possible that the Phillies sell off a lot more than just one pitcher if they continue losing.  13 games under .500 is unacceptable in Philadelphia after the run of success they’ve had since 2007, and changes will be made.  Halladay could help the scope of those changes by helping the Phillies win some games.

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