Doc's first rehab start on tap for Thursday

Doc's first rehab start on tap for Thursday

Doc's first rehab start on tap for Thursday

ATLANTA -- Phillies fans looking for something to watch over the team's final 45 games might have something particularly interesting to see in a couple of weeks.

Roy Halladay is scheduled to make his first rehab start on Thursday with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Phillies. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said on Monday afternoon at Turner Field that Halladay might make just two rehab starts before rejoining the Phillies' rotation.

"If he goes in a straight line, I don't see him going more than two before he comes and pitches for us," Amaro said. "But a lot of it depends on how he feels. If he feels good, we'll progress him. There's a chance, an outside chance. I don't know what kind of chance, but there's a chance."

If Halladay, who is recovering from surgery on his right shoulder, progresses as expected, he could be back as early as Aug. 25, against the D-backs at Citizens Bank Park. Pitchers get 30 days for rehab assignments, meaning if there are no setbacks, Halladay would have to be back no later than Sept. 14.

Halladay threw a bullpen session on Monday in Clearwater, Fla., and Amaro called it "very good."

Halladay is scheduled to throw 75 to 80 pitches on Thursday.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.