Roy Halladay Has Successful Surgery, Eyes 2013 Return
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Roy Halladay Has Successful Surgery, Eyes 2013 Return

The Philadelphia Phillies have officially announced that veteran starting pitcher Roy Halladay underwent successful shoulder surgery Wednesday. The procedure was done by Dr. Neal ElAttrache of Los Angeles. [pullquote]”In certain cases it’s been three months, but we really don’t have a timetable. A scope and a cleanup to me is a lot different than a surgery. They aren’t going in and trying to reattach the rotator cuff, which would be a year and a half and really, very low success rate of pitching again. The fact that it’s a scope, a cleanup, to me is a lot better than going in and having to reattach a full surgery. It’s a lot better option, obviously it’s a lot quicker, and at my age I think it’s the best thing for me.”[/pullquote]

The 36-year-old has been very ineffective this season, sporting a 8.65 earned run average in 34.1 innings. While most of his numbers across the board had been similar to his career norm, the one thing that stuck out is his control. He gave a free pass to 17 hitters, which is one every two innings. In a normal season, at 230+ innings, he would normally walk somewhere in the 30’s, so that gives you reason to believe that something really was wrong with him physically and gives you a better idea of why he underwent the procedure yesterday to remove a bone spur and repair his torn rotator cuff.

He has set a personal goal of starting to throw the ball six-to-eight weeks from now and be back not too much longer after that. Personally, that seems pretty darn quick for someone that has had a rotator cuff injury and makes you wonder even if he bounces back and returns in 2013, how effective will he truly be?

In Halladay’s words, “In certain cases it’s been three months, but we really don’t have a timetable. A scope and a cleanup to me is a lot different than a surgery. They aren’t going in and trying to reattach the rotator cuff, which would be a year and a half and really, very low success rate of pitching again. The fact that it’s a scope, a cleanup, to me is a lot better than going in and having to reattach a full surgery. It’s a lot better option, obviously it’s a lot quicker, and at my age I think it’s the best thing for me.”

He hasn’t pitched well really the past two seasons, with 2011 being his last year that he truly pitched like a star. Unless you are extremely pitching starved or have room on the injury list, Halladay doesn’t really hold enough clout to remain on fantasy baseball rosters.

Barring a miracle recovery and recovering his lost pitching art, at his age the veteran may have seen his last days of being an effective fantasy baseball impact player.

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