Roy Halladay Injury: Updates on Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher's Shoulder

Tim KeeneyContributor IMay 5, 2013

Roy Halladay has spent months rehabbing following right shoulder surgery and is finally ready to return to the mound for the Philadelphia Phillies after being activated from the disabled list. 

UPDATE: Sunday, Aug. 25, at 3:31 p.m. ET

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UPDATE: Sunday, Aug. 25, at 11:40 a.m. ET

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UPDATE: Sunday, Aug. 25, at 9:35 a.m. ET

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer confirms Roy Halladay will start for the Phillies today and passes along a statement from manager Ryne Sandberg:

The Phillies needed to know if Roy Halladay could start in the majors... 

... The first call went to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., who was not in Philadelphia. He communicated with Halladay, already in Reading to prepare for his start, and found approval. Halladay will drive back to Citizens Bank Park in the morning for his triumphant return from May shoulder surgery.

'I believe he was our best option for tomorrow,' [Ryne] Sandberg said. "Just give us what he has.'

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 11:30 a.m. ET's Jed Weisberger passes along a statement from Roy Halladay following the pitcher's recent rehab start:

'I feel good,' [Roy] Halladay said after his outing. 'I haven't had a lot of soreness the day after I pitch. I really think things are coming along well. I wanted to throw 100 pitches, but they had me scheduled for 90.'

'When I get back is not in my control. It's their call, but I'm confident.'

... Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro had mentioned Halladay could return after two rehab starts. Where he pitches in five days is to be determined.

'I'm a lot more effective than I was before the surgery,' Halladay said. 'I have movement I didn't have before it. If I have this all back, except for a few clicks in velocity that could come back, I'm happy three months after surgery.'

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UPDATE: Saturday, Aug. 17, at 6:57 p.m. ET

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UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 15, at 5:20 p.m. ET

B/R's Will Carroll provides some encouraging news for fans:

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UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 15, at 2:27 p.m. ET

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UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 12, at 5:24 p.m. ET

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UPDATE: Saturday, Aug. 10, at 7:22 p.m. ET

Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Matt Gelb has the latest on Halladay:

The Phillies general manager and pitching coach engaged Halladay afterward in a conference call. All of the involved parties were "encouraged" by the day's results.

Signs point to Halladay next pitching in a minor-league game, possibly Thursday. "He wants to pitch," Amaro said. "He wants to advance. I don't blame him. He's a competitive guy."

Halladay logged 75 pitches Saturday. He will throw a bullpen session Monday in Clearwater. If he emerges from that without a hitch, his official rehab assignment should start.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 8:50 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

From The Philadelphia Inquirer's Matt Gelb:

Roy Halladay could face hitters for the first time since shoulder surgery in a simulated game this week. He threw 75 pitches in an extended bullpen session Monday, one in which he rested five times to mimic rest between innings.

[Ruben] Amaro offered no timetable for Halladay's return, but team officials have long targeted September. The pitcher could begin a minor-league rehab assignment after the simulated game.

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UPDATE: Sunday, July 21, at 11:10 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Matt Gelb has the latest on Roy Halladay:

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UPDATE: Tuesday, June 25, at 10:25 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Roy Halladay continues to make progress as he recovers from shoulder surgery. MLB's Todd Zolecki has the latest:

Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay has been tossing a baseball about 60 feet for a few days now, and he said he's feeling good so far.

'Tossing,' he said Monday at Petco Park. 'That's the key word.'

Throwing, he said, is something entirely different. But Halladay, who had right shoulder surgery in May, said, 'It feels good.'

The Phillies are hopeful Halladay, who will see a doctor again on Thursday, will pitch again before the end of the season, although a potential return probably will not come until late August at the earliest.

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UPDATE: Thursday, May 16, at 12:50 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Halladay's shoulder surgery was successful, and he could begin a throwing program in six-to-eight weeks, according to CBS Sports' Danny Knobler:

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UPDATE: Thursday, May 9, at 9:29 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

Halladay is set to have surgery on Wednesday according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, May 8, at 2:00 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Roy Halladay will have a bone spur removed from his ailing shoulder, the Phillies announced today:

Mike Axisa of had more information on Halladay's timetable for surgery and recovery and more of his thoughts on the entire process:

"[Doctors said the surgery] could turn the clock back two or three years for me," said Halladay. "I feel like it's a lot better than some things I anticipated ... I don't feel as lost as before. I feel like there are some answers there."

Halladay, 35, will have the surgery "as soon as possible." He cautioned that they will be smart about the entire process and take whatever pre- and post-surgery steps are necessary without rushing back to the field.

"I couldn't understand why my location was so poor. So I really didn't know what to think," added Halladay, who pitched to a 8.65 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in seven starts this year. He allowed nine runs in 2 1/3 innings to the Marlins on Sunday.

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UPDATE: Monday, May 6, at 2:50 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Roy Halladay (shoulder) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, according to MLB's Todd Zolecki:

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Original Text 

After the veteran starting pitcher got chased in the third inning Sunday afternoon by the Miami Marlins, the Philadelphia Phillies revealed even more terrible news (via the Bucks County Courier Times' Kevin Cooney):

Halladay has been dreadful this season, and while this could very well explain some of the problems he has been having, it’s a potentially serious injury no one wishes for.

After beginning his 2013 campaign by allowing 12 earned runs through 7.1 innings in his first two starts, Halladay appeared to finally regain his Cy Young form.

The 15-year veteran won two of his next three starts, giving up just eight hits and four runs while striking out 16 in 21.0 innings. He lowered his ERA from 14.73 to 5.08, efficiently putting his catastrophic start in the rear view.

But as Cooney notes, this particular malady arose on April 24 just after he held the Pittsburgh Pirates to one run and one hit in six innings:

It would make sense, considering how horrendous he has been since that encouraging stretch.

On April 30, he lasted just 3.2 innings against the Cleveland Indians, getting blasted for eight runs and three homers. On Sunday, he gave up nine runs through 2.1 innings against the Giancarlo Stanton-less Miami Marlins.

For those wondering, CSN Philadelphia’s John Gonzalez notes this is a completely new injury for the veteran starter.

Add it all up—a very un-Halladay start to the season, an injury to the pitching shoulder for someone with over 2,700 innings pitched under his belt and a visit with famed surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum—and the outlook doesn’t look good for Roy Halladay.

After Sunday’s loss, the Phillies sit at 14-18, five games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East.