Halladay, recovering from shoulder surgery, logged 75 pitches Saturday. He will throw a bullpen session Monday in Clearwater. If he emerges from that without a hitch, his official rehab assignment should start.
Amaro said Halladay's fastball sat in the "mid-to-upper 80s pretty consistently." He added the team was more concerned about Halladay's mechanics - specifically his arm slot - and the reports were favorable.
If Halladay's rehab assignment begins Thursday, it is not unreasonable to think he could be in the majors by the start of September. That would allow for approximately four starts.
The team and pitcher are invested in a return sometime this season. Halladay, 36, wants to prove his value as an impending free agent. The Phillies would welcome a return, but due diligence is required.
"It's important for us," Amaro said. "Absolutely."
Martinez over Wells. Charlie Manuel started Michael Martinez for the third straight game - the second in center field. Casper Wells, the team's newest addition, again did not start.
"I'll play Wells," Manuel said. "Martinez hit .300 [for Lehigh Valley]. He's been around here a while; he had a few hits Thursday and hit a couple of balls hard last night, so I figured I'd keep him in there."
Extra bases. Stephen Strasburg will make his fifth career start against the Phillies on Sunday. His 4.43 ERA against. them is the highest by any National League East team. . . . Washington's Dan Haren became the 13th pitcher in baseball history to defeat all 30 teams with his Friday win over the Phillies.
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