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.
It was one of the scariest moments and sickest sounds you will ever hear. In the second inning of Tuesday’s game, Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ took a line drive off the left side of his head on a ball hit by Tampa Bay’s Desmond Jennings, and the sound — an ugly crunch could be heard inside Tropicana Field. The ball went all the way into the bullpen in foul territory halfway down the right-field line and Happ laid motionless for several minutes.It has been reported that Happ is in stable condition and feeling better this morning, but Major League Baseball (MLB) must move quicker in implementing protective head gear for pitchers. The National Football League has made great strides in player safety in the past few years and now it is time for baseball to do the same. MLB HAS NO EXCUSE TO WAIT! MLB and the players' union have all the resources necessary to implement protective headgear for pitchers. It needs to be a higher priority by everyone involved.