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Second Opinion On Roy Halladay’s Shoulder Echoes The First Diagnosis

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By Spike Eskin

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Phillies trainer Scott Sheridan and pitcher Roy Halladay met with the media today to discuss Halladay’s shoulder injury, and the second opinion he received. The news on the two-time Cy Young award winner was good.

The second opinion provided no new information on Halladay’s strained right-shoulder, and they would follow their initial course of action of three weeks [two more from today] of rest, and then reevaluating at that point. Halladay saw Mets team doctor David Altchek for a second opinion a week ago. “I’ve been fortunate to not have any injuries. And you know, I had a long stretch of being able to make all of my starts. And I think it’s just one of those things, that, you know, sometimes they just pop up,” Halladay said.

“I definitely didn’t feel anything, going back to this winter, throwing,” Halladay said when he was asked when he first felt pain in the shoulder. “I felt it, pretty much right away in the St. Louis game,” Halladay said. The game against the Cardinals was on May 27th, Halladay left the game after pitching just two innings. The Phillies are 1-7 in Halladay’s last eight starts.

Halladay also said he doesn’t believe any surgery will be needed after the season. “It’s a matter of calming it down, and strengthening everything around it. I think from what they saw [in the MRI], the  changes weren’t such that would warrant anything down the road,” he said.  Sheridan said that when they compared a recent MRI of Halladay’s shoulder to one from 2009, they saw only minor changes.

“Ultimately, my goal is to finish my career with the Phillies and win a World Series here,” Halladay closed by saying.

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