Roy Halladay will make next rehab start at Double-A

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Veteran right-hander Roy Halladay looked shaky in a rehab start Tuesday night with Low-A Lakewood, yielding seven hits and three walks in six sluggish innings while averaging just 87 mph with his fastball.

But the Phillies are going to bump him up a level anyway and let him continue his minor league rehab assignment this Sunday afternoon at Double-A Reading. This according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki.

Halladay underwent surgery on May 16 to repair a tear in his right rotator cuff and has not appeared in a major league game since May 5. If things don’t go well on Sunday, the impending free agent might be better off shutting it down and aiming for 100 percent health heading into spring training 2014. He had an 8.65 ERA over his first 34-plus innings this year.

Pitch clock cut minor league games by 25 minutes to 2:38

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NEW YORK — Use of pitch clocks cut the average time of minor league games by 25 minutes this year, a reduction Major League Baseball hopes is replicated when the devices are installed in the big leagues next season.

The average time of minor league games dropped to 2 hours, 38 minutes in the season that ended Wednesday, according to the commissioner’s office. That was down from 3:03 during the 2021 season.

Clocks at Triple-A were set at 14 seconds with no runners on base and 19 with runners. At lower levels, the clocks were at 18 seconds with runners.

Big league nine-inning games are averaging 3:04 this season.

MLB announced on Sept. 9 that clocks will be introduced in the major leagues next year at 15 seconds with no runners and 20 seconds with runners, a decision opposed by the players’ association.

Pitchers are penalized a ball for violating the clock. In the minors, violations decreased from an average of 1.73 per game in the second week to 0.41 in week 24.

There will be a limit of two pickoff attempts or stepoffs per plate appearance, a rule that also was part of the minor league experiment this season. A third pickoff throw that is not successful would result in a balk.

Stolen bases increased to an average of 2.81 per game from 2.23 in the minors this year and the success rate rose to 78% from 68%.

Many offensive measurements were relatively stable: runs per team per game increased to 5.13 from 5.11 and batting average to .249 from .247.

Plate appearances resulting in home runs dropped to 2.7% from 2.8%, strikeouts declined to 24.4% from 25.4% and walks rose to 10.5% from 10.2%. Hit batters remained at 1.6%.