Halladay Visits The Doc

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Roy Halladay met with a shoulder specialist in Los Angeles on Monday. After that meeting, he is encouraged that he will pitch again this season. Halladay expects to have arthroscopic surgery next week to remove a bone spur, and repair a partial tear in the rotator cuff and some fraying in the labrum. Since last season, the Phillies haven't known what was going on with Halladay. He didn't seem right in spring training last year, and he did some time on the disabled list with what was described as an injury to his upper back. He was supposed to be back to normal when he returned to Clearwater, Fla., this spring, but it quickly became apparent this was going to be a new normal for Halladay. There is no way to put a timetable on his return to the Phillies rotation.  

 MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Adrian Gonzalez left Wednesday's game after he aggravated a mild strain in his left trapezius muscle at the base of his neck after he collided with an umpire while running to field a ground ball. The injury is considered minor, so consider Gonzalez day-to-day.
  • J.J. Putz (elbow) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow strain. Since setup man David Hernandez is struggling, Heath Bell will be the first guy to get the opportunity to close games for the Diamondbacks. After allowing a leadoff double to pinch-hitter Skip Schumaker, Bell retired the next three Dodgers in order to pick up his third save of the year.
  • Clayton Kershaw could not even stop Paul Goldschmidt from beating the Dodgers Wednesday night. Goldschmidt continued his assault on Dodgers pitching as he homered twice and drove in all three of the D-backs runs as they beat the Dodgers 3-2. Goldschmidt leads the National League with 30 RBIs and he's hitting .336 with seven home runs.
  • Jordan Zimmerman continues to be the best pitcher in the majors after he allowed just one earned run on seven hits over seven innings in Wednesday's 3-1 win over Detroit. Zimmerman struck out eight and lowered his ERA to 1.59. He'll face the Dodgers in Los Angeles in his next start.
  • A.J. Pierzynski was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique. Pierzynski has been out since May 6th, but he is still feeling discomfort so the Rangers made the decision to put him on the DL.
  • Johnny Cueto (lat, oblique) will begin his rehab assignment tonight when he pitches for the Reds' Class-A Dayton Dragons. Cueto was supposed to start his rehab assignment a week ago, but he felt discomfort in his oblique. It will be interesting to learn how he feels after his outing tonight.
  • Josh Hamilton hit his third home run of the season. All three have come against the Astros. Oh boy......
  • Vernon Wells played third base for the first time in his career last night. I can't figure that one out, but now he has 3B eligibility for fantasy owners. Maybe they can put him behind the plate for an inning as well. Wells added a two-run home run as well.
  • Josh Reddick (wrist) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his wrist. Reddick has really struggled at the plate this season, batting just .152 with one homer in 92 at-bats.