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.”

Padres may have more interest in Dallas Keuchel than Bryce Harper

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An interesting tidbit today from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, who noted that ongoing talks between agent Scott Boras and the Padres have focused more on starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel than slugger Bryce Harper. Earlier this week, there were conflicting reports on the Padres’ level of interest in Harper — MLB Network’s Jon Heyman heard the club had not ruled out another big signing after getting Manny Machado, while Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune talked to multiple sources who believed otherwise — but any agreement between the two is looking unlikelier by the day.

As for Keuchel, Rosenthal cautions that a potential deal is still a “longshot,” especially as the team has other, cheaper options in mind. The 31-year-old southpaw turned down a qualifying offer from the Astros last year and is likely angling for something north of the five-year, $90 million contract extension he rejected from the club in 2016. He’s coming off of another solid performance in Houston, where he went 12-11 in 34 starts with a 3.74 ERA, 2.6 BB/9, 6.7 SO/9, and 3.6 fWAR through 204 2/3 innings in 2018.

While Keuchel has failed to garner substantial interest around the league this offseason, Heyman points out that the Phillies are looking to establish themselves as frontrunners for the lefty — and they’re far less likely to have hang-ups about his asking price, too.