The Roy Halladay saga continued Thursday — and it might just have a happy ending after all.
The Phillies confirmed that Halladay underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his injured right shoulder Wednesday in Los Angeles. The pitcher could begin a throwing program in six to eight weeks, according to a press release.
“Roy had successful shoulder surgery [Wednesday],” said Phillies team physician Dr. Michael Ciccotti. “He had an arthroscopic evaluation and underwent debridement of his labrum and rotator cuff as well as removal of an inflamed bursa. He’ll begin a progressive rehabilitation program and if all goes well, he may possibly begin a throwing program in six to eight weeks.”
Last Wednesday, Halladay held a press conference to announce that he would be undergoing surgery. He had been diagnosed with a bone spur in his throwing shoulder and a partial tear of his rotator cuff.
Halladay (2-4, 8.65 ERA), once considered the best pitcher in baseball, had been struggling on the mound. Prior to the diagnosis, he combined to allow 17 runs in back-to-back games — both ended as 14-2 Phillies defeats.
Halladay previously mentioned that he was told the surgery could “turn back the clock” on his career three to four years. He plans on attempting a comeback this season. The road to recovery is officially underway.