Halladay throws second bullpen session

Halladay throws second bullpen session

NEW YORK -- It is painfully clear the Phillies need Roy Halladay back in the rotation as soon as possible.

He is getting closer.

He threw his second bullpen session before Tuesday's game against the Mets at Citi Field. Halladay threw 56 pitches after throwing 33 on Friday in Miami. Halladay could throw a few more bullpen sessions and pitch a few simulated games -- skipping a rehab assignment altogether -- before rejoining the rotation shortly after the All-Star break.

It would not be a surprise to see Halladay back as early as the July 16-18 series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, although the Phillies are keeping Halladay's next steps to themselves. But Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said based on the way Halladay has thrown the ball, he believes the strained right latissimus dorsi that landed him on the disabled list in May played a major role in his struggles this season.

So fans should see the old Halladay when he is back?

"I don't know where he'll be when he gets back," Dubee said. "I hope he's close to what he used to be, yeah. But the signs are leading that he's doing very well."