Roy Halladay slouched on a couch Wednesday morning and kept a large cup of coffee at his side while the rest of the Phillies clubhouse stirred before another day of baseball. He watched Atlanta against Cincinnati on TV.
A surgeon soon will cut a small incision in Halladay’s right shoulder, and it will be months before he can pitch again. Still, he smiled. He vowed that it would take more to pry a baseball from his prized-but-defective arm.
“I have no regrets at any point in my career,” Halladay said. “And if things don’t work out, and they do end on a sour note, I’m not going to look at it that way. But I really don’t feel that’s going to be the case. I really feel I have a shot to come back and help our team.”
Halladay will require arthroscopic surgery to clean damage to his rotator cuff and labrum (cartilage) caused by a bone spur in his right shoulder. It is not the worst-case scenario. He believes he can return before 2013 ends. He faces an arduous recovery.
Halladay was examined Tuesday by Neal ElAttrache, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ team physician and a noted orthopedist to sports stars. Halladay said he has a partial tear of his rotator cuff and fraying of the labrum.
Orioles’ Roberts to have surgery
Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts will undergo surgery on his ailing right hamstring, a procedure that will add an extra six weeks to his time on the disabled list.
Roberts was placed on the DL with a strained right hamstring on April 5. Unsatisfied with his recovery, Roberts visited Dr. Daniel Cooper in Dallas on Wednesday for a second opinion.
Around the leagues
The Oakland Athletics placed outfielder Josh Reddick on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right wrist, recalled first baseman Daric Barton from Triple-A Sacramento and released left-hander Jordan Norberto. … New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, coming back from hip surgery in January, jogged, played catch and hit off a tee in a cage during his third day at the team’s minor-league complex in Tampa, Fla. … The Houston Astros moved struggling starter Philip Humber out of the rotation and into the bullpen. … Chicago Cubs reliever Kyuji Fujikawa says he’s feeling fine after throwing two scoreless innings Wednesday in a rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Tennessee.