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Roy Halladay to begin rehab assignment Thursday in minors

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PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 25: Pitcher Roy Halladay #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies watches from the dugout during the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 25, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Chase Utley and Ryan Howard are already back in the Phillies’ lineup and now there’s some more good injury news in Philadelphia, as Todd Zolecki of reports that Roy Halladay has been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday at Single-A.

Halladay has been out since late May with a shoulder injury, but reported no problems following multiple bullpen sessions last week and convinced the Phillies he was ready to go straight to a rehab assignment rather than doing any simulated games first.

There’s no official timetable for his return from the disabled list yet--and the Phillies tend to be less than forthcoming about such things anyway--but barring a setback Halladay could rejoin the rotation by the end of the month.