On Tuesday, Roy Halladay met with Dr. Lewis Yocum and today, Halladay had a press conference, announcing that he will have arthroscopic surgery. Halladay is unsure of when he will receive the surgery and when he will return, but he does expect to pitch again this season. Doc hopes that after his surgery, he will get back to the Doc we all know.
Halladay said, “The doctor seemed pretty optimistic that if what they saw was correct that I could come back and be a lot more effective and have a chance to pitch this year. He said he thought they could turn back the clock two or three years for me. I thought it was very good news. Obviously I don’t want to miss time, but as far as scenarios go, I thought it was a lot better than some of the things I anticipated. In certain cases, it’s been three months, but we really don’t have a timetable. I think the timetable is going to come once they go in and confirm that hey, what we saw in the X-rays is exactly what we saw when we went in there….They were definitely optimistic that I would be back this year. I really haven’t felt a great deal of pain throughout the whole process. The doctor said the reason is, everything else around is so strong, you aren’t going to feel that. He said the biggest thing you’re going to notice is lack of location, first and foremost, and then velocity, and then if it gets to a certain point, you may start feeling a little bit of pain. The pain really isn’t excruciating. I really didn’t feel pain the whole time. I think maybe it just got to the point where it was frayed enough to where I started to feel it. The fraying of the labrum was the same. The rotator cuff was more separated now than it was last year. I don’t really recall the bone spur. I’m sure it was there, but I don’t know if they felt at the time that was a factor of that rubbing across that.”
We are all hoping for a good, quick recovery. Get well soon Doc.