The Phillies could be without starting pitcher Brett Myers for the rest of the season, or, Myers could be back on the mound by September.
Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr., held a press conference during the first inning of tonight's game to confirm Myers' decision to get the surgery done on his torn labrum and bone spurs.
Phillies director of medical services Dr. Michael Ciccotti said that Myers' injury is related to the one second basemen Chase Utley suffered last season. Although, with a pitcher, the injury is much more significant especially since the hip is on the push off leg of Myers.
"If he changed the way he was throwing because of the injury, then the difference in torque can alter his movement and ultimately affect his arm, elbow, and shoulder," said Ciccotti.
Although is there is no defenite timetable on the return of the Phils righty, Ciccotti said that Myers cannot go on a mound for about 10-12 weeks after the surgery.
Then Myers would have to wait another additional four weeks to go through strengthening programs to rebuild the hip and muscles in the mid-section and hip. This must all occur before he's even ready to step on a mound competitively.
Phils GM Ruben Amaro said that they will start from within for next Tues start. Amaro has not made the decision on who it is yet as they are still weighing their options.
Amaro spoke on the possibilities of a trade sooner rather than later.
"If a trade becomes available to us, we will evaluate and see what's best for our team, trades aren't the easiest things to pull of," Amaro said during the press conference.
"We are continuing to look towards improving our rotation. We have to operate under the assumption that Brett won't be with us for a significant amount of time."
"We have to continue to look hard for a deal that can be done that's fair for both sides, it takes two to tango," Amaro added.
Amaro did not state what who will be brought up for Tues game, but names being thrown around are Kyle Kendrick, Carlos Carrasco, and Andrew Carpenter. The decision will be made public soon.