Roy Halladay will begin a minor league assignment Thursday


Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Thursday. Halladay, 36, has not pitched sine May 7.

Halladay had a bone spur removed from his right shoulder in mid-May and he recently threw a five-inning simulated game.


There have been no setbacks for Halladay since the shoulder on his surgery.

Halladay will be a free agent at seasons end but the Phillies will get the first look at what he has left in the tank. They also are the team most familiar with his medical charts.

Phillies release Nix

The Phillies released outfielder Laynce Nix on Monday. Nix, 32, declined a minor league assignment and was given his release. This season Nix was hitting a meager .180/.228/.258 in 136 plate appearances.

Nix was in his second season with the Phillies and has also played for Texas, Milwaukee, Cincinnati and Washington.

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