Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder to clean out a bone spur. Even though the surgery is quite serious, and it is already six and a half weeks into the Major League Baseball season, Halladay has stated that he plans on pitching again in 2013. With that being said, there is a long road ahead with plenty of rehabilitation if he wants to make that goal a reality.
Halladay has struggled mightily this season for the Phillies, something that has been discouraging for fans in Philadelphia. The right-hander is off to the worst start of his 15-year career in which he has posted a 2-4 record with an 8.65 earned run average and 35 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings.
Considering it will take several months for Halladay to attempt a comeback, it appears that he is doing it more for him than he is for the team. There is no question that the soon-to-be 36-year-old is a fierce competitor who wants nothing more than to help his team succeed. However, he will also be a free agent at the end of the season, which means he must put forth a good impression if he wants the Phillies or some other team to sign him.
With that being said, the fact that Halladay is having the surgery within the next week is beneficial. He is not pushing his worn shoulder to the brink, which will allow doctors to clean up any fraying around the muscles. In fact, the surgery could give him strength that will allow him to return to form.
“[Los Angeles Dodgers physician Neal ElAttrache] said he thought they could turn back the clock two or three years for me,” Halladay told Phillies.com. “They said that my range of motion will be better, my location will be better and hopefully the velocity will be better. The doctor seemed pretty optimistic that if what they saw is correct, I could come back and be a lot more effective and have a chance to pitch this year and turn back the clock. I thought it was very good news. Obviously I don’t want to miss time, but I think as far as scenarios go, I feel like it’s a lot better than some of the things I anticipated.”
If Halladay would have kept making his starts without telling the Philadelphia coaching staff that something was wrong, he could have very well ended his career with one tear in his shoulder. At least now, he has a shot at pitching at a high level once again.
“Nobody wants to go out on a bad note,” Halladay said, according to Phillies.com. “If you had a choice, you want to go out strong. Ideally you want to go out as a world champion.”
Halladay’s objective is to return to the starting rotation towards the end of the season, but he stated that he has no problem joining the bullpen if that is what will help the Phillies win.