CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Ready or not, Roy Halladay's next start will count.
Halladay allowed two runs over 4 1-3 innings in his first big league spring training appearance in 11 days, prepping for the regular season in the Philadelphia Phillies' 7-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner had not pitched in a major league game since March 17, when he came out of a start against Baltimore after one inning due to a stomach virus. He pitched in a minor league exhibition last Saturday.
"Physically this is as good as I've felt coming out of spring training in probably five years as far as total body," Halladay said. "Stuff-wise, I think location and movement, I'm just a click behind where I want to be."
While Halladay got batters to swing and miss, his command was off. At one point, he threw 11 balls in 12 pitches during a stretch of the second inning.
"I thought there were a lot of goods," Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "A real lot of goods. I thought he held his legs fantastically, I think he's strong again. For me, today was a big upgrade."
Halladay is set to make his first start of the season Wednesday at Atlanta in the Phillies' second game.
Brandon Morrow, Toronto's No. 2 starter behind R.A. Dickey, gave up three runs -- two earned -- and six hits in seven innings. He pitched shutout ball until Chase Utley's sixth-inning home run, his fifth homer of spring training.
Coming in, Morrow had allowed 15 runs in 15 innings over five starts.