MLB notebook: Phillies' Halladay to have shoulder surgery
SAN FRANCISCO — For Roy Halladay, arthroscopic surgery on his troublesome throwing shoulder became the best-case scenario when he had prepared himself for the worst — a career-ending injury that would force his retirement when he's far from ready.
The Phillies ace will undergo a procedure in his right shoulder to repair a partially torn rotator cuff and remove a bone spur. He also has some fraying of the labrum.
“I think we did all the right things,” Halladay said. “Now I feel I have something to grasp onto, something to move forward with. I don't feel as lost as before. I feel like there's some answers.”
He is relieved he won't need reconstructive surgery at this stage.
On the 15-day disabled list since Monday because of inflammation in his throwing shoulder, the two-time Cy Young Award winner met with Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Halladay hadn't decided on which doctor will but said he expects to have surgery next week to give himself the best chance of returning this season.
“They're going to go in and clean up the bone spur, clean up the rotator cuff and the labrum, try and keep that as unevasive as possible,” Halladay said.
The 35-year-old right-hander has experienced little pain, but his location and velocity have been the pitcher's biggest concern. He is 2-4 with an 8.65 ERA in seven starts this season.
Even if he returns this year, Halladay figures to miss a substantial part of the season in his contract year.
Happ released from hospital
Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ was released Wednesday from a Florida hospital, just a day after he was hit on the head by a line drive, and he hopes for a quick return to the mound.
Bayfront Medical Center said in a statement that Happ was discharged after being upgraded from fair to good condition.
Happ was taken there after being struck on the left side of the head by a ball off the bat of Desmond Jennings on Tuesday. He suffered a head bruise, cut to his left ear and a small fracture.
Reddick placed on DL
Oakland placed outfielder Josh Reddick on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right wrist. Reddick hurt his wrist colliding with the wall in foul territory while chasing a popup April 7 at Houston.
Around the league
Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz, who was removed from Tuesday night's game after just four pitches because of elbow discomfort, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strain of that elbow. ... The Astros moved struggling starter Philip Humber into the bullpen. Humber is 0-7 with an 8.82 ERA. ... The Rockies held shortstop Troy Tulowitzki out of the lineup because of soggy weather and not soreness in his legs.