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Phillies | Roy Halladay to have shoulder surgery

Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay (shoulder) has been diagnosed with a partial tear of the rotator cuff and a fraying of the labrum that has resulted from it rubbing against a bone spur in his right shoulder. He'll have surgery to clean up these problems. Halladay told the media that he has no timetable for a return and hasn't decided where he'll have surgery. He added that some pitchers have returned in three months but that he won't have a timetable until after the procedure. If the diagnosis is confirmed at that time, then the right-hander has a good chance to pitch again this season. Doctors are optimistic about Halladay's case to return in 2013.

"The doctor seemed pretty optimistic that if what they saw is correct that I could come back and be a lot more effective and have a chance to pitch this year and they said they thought they could turn back the clock two or three years for me," Halladay said. He also noted that he hasn't felt much pain throughout the entire process. The doctor told him that pain is likely the last symptom the pitcher would feel and that negative signs from his performance -- poor location, reduced velocity -- are exactly the kinds of signs that show up first.

Fantasy Tip: It sounds like the cleanup should result in something close to full health for him, eventually, and he figures to be effective, although maybe not dominant, again once that happens. There are no guarantees, however. Halladay is in the final year of a deal that includes a 2014 option, and it seems unlikely that the Phils will pick it up. The right-hander is likely to do anything he can to pitch again this season, though, and he'll have plenty of motivation. It's hard to say how effective he'll be. Those in shallow and medium-depth mixed leagues have no reason to hold him and find out, but those who have the room and little to lose should be tempted.

2013-05-08 11:15:16 | Source: Philadelphia Daily News - David Murphy

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