Halladay to undergo shoulder surgery, 2013 return uncertain

5/8/13 in MLB   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Halladay to undergo shoulder surgery, 2013 return uncertainWhen we saw two-time Cy Young winner Roy Halladay's ERA balloon up to 8.65 on the season, we probably should have figured that something was wrong. The righty was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday after experiencing discomfort in his throwing shoulder over his past few starts. He traveled out to Los Angeles to be examined by shoulder/elbow specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum, but the news he received was far from encouraging.

Halladay confirmed Wednesday that he will have surgery on his right shoulder. A bone spur will have to be removed from the shoulder, while a partially torn rotator cuff and frayed labrum will be further examined once the doctors can get a better look. The initial examination suggests that the rotator cuff and labrum should not cause too much trouble, but there is a chance that they could require further attention if the doctors see an issue with them during surgery.

If the doctors don't discover any further damage, Halladay has a pretty good shot at pitching again in 2013. However, that would still not be a guarantee, and any further damage would almost certainly prevent him from making a 2013 return.

Halladay - who will turn 36 years old next week - has seen his ERA skyrocket over the past three seasons. After posting a 2.35 ERA and finishing second in Cy Young voting in 2011, Halladay wrapped up 2012 with a 4.49 ERA, and as I mentioned before, an 8.65 through seven starts in 2013.

Now in the final year of his three-year, $60 million contract, it will be very interesting to see what type of interest Halladay draws on the open market over the winter, especially if he can't return this season or struggles when he does. The days of seeing Halladay regularly going the distance while dominating opposing lineups appear to be over, but he should still be able to make a positive impact in someone's rotation.
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