Roy Halladay “feels good” long-tossing post-surgery

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Roy Halladay, who underwent shoulder surgery in mid-May, has progressed to long-tossing on flat ground from 60 feet.

Halladay told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that his shoulder “feels good,” but also downplayed the significance of “tossing” as opposed to getting on a mound to actual throw.

According to Zolecki any potential return wouldn’t be until at least August and it’s still very possible that Halladay will miss the remainder of the season.

Or as pitching coach Rich Dubee put it: “He’s a long ways from pitching, but everything so far is going according to plan.”

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.