Phillies’ Halladay to Have Surgery; Return This Season Possible

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay said he’ll have shoulder surgery to repair an injury caused by a bone spur and that he hopes to return this season.

Halladay, the two-time Cy Young Award winner who was placed on Major League Baseball’s 15-day disabled list after allowing 17 earned runs in his past two starts, told reporters today in San Francisco that the bone spur caused a partial tear of his rotator cuff and fraying of the labrum in his right shoulder.

“The doctors seemed pretty optimistic that if what they saw was correct that I could come back and be a lot more effective and have a chance to pitch this year,” Halladay said. “He said they thought they could turn back the clock two or three years for me.”

Halladay, 35, is 2-4 with an 8.65 earned run average in seven starts this season. His 4.5 walks per nine innings is more than double his career average of 1.9.

He said he hasn’t felt overwhelming pain, which the doctor attributed to the muscles around the injury being so strong, and that his biggest issue was being unable to locate his pitches. He hasn’t decided where or when he will have the operation.

“We really don’t have a timetable,” Halladay said about his return. “The timetable’s going to come once they go in.”

Halladay, who will be a free agent after the season, won the Cy Young Award as the National League’s best pitcher in his first season with the Phillies in 2010 after throwing a perfect game during the regular season and a no-hitter in the playoffs. Having also won a Cy Young Award while pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2003, he has a 201-104 career record, tied with Tim Hudson for second on baseball’s active wins list behind Andy Pettitte of the New York Yankees, who has 248.

Tyler Cloyd, 25, will start in place of Halladay tomorrow at the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Phillies are 16-18, four games behind the NL East Division-leading Atlanta Braves. They’ll try to complete a three-game sweep at the San Francisco Giants this afternoon.

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