'Progressing nicely,' Doc throws bullpen session

'Progressing nicely,' Doc throws bullpen session

MIAMI -- Roy Halladay entered the visitors' clubhouse Friday afternoon at Marlins Park drenched in sweat.

He just threw 33 pitches in his first bullpen session since he landed on the disabled list in May with a strained latissimus dorsi in his back. Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said Halladay is a little bit ahead of schedule -- more days than weeks, he stressed -- and is "progressing nicely."

"Is it quicker than the doctor probably thought?" Dubee said. "It might be a few days, but not major. But his work ethic dictates that, too."

The Phillies originally offered a six-to-eight-week timetable for Halladay's return to the mound.

Could Halladay be back closer to six weeks than eight? It certainly seems possible.

"We'll see when that day arrives," Dubee said.

Dubee declined to say when Halladay might throw his second bullpen session or how close he might be to a rehab start.

"We'll see how he feels tomorrow," Dubee said. "What he's going to do after this is undetermined."