Myers Will Have Surgery
He met today with New York-based hip specialist Bryan Kelly, who recommended Myers have surgery. Surgery could be as early as Thursday.
Kelly told Myers he could give him a cortisone shot and he could try to pitch through the injury, but there would be no guarantees it would go well and there would be risks to his health.
“I would still be feeling the discomfort and the locking sensation in my hip,” Myers told MLB.com. “It could ultimately do more damage. Then I would have to have the surgery after the season, which cuts into the offseason stuff I need to do to get ready for the next season. He also said he was very concerned about giving me a cortisone shot and me going out and trying to pitch through it and altering my mechanics and ultimately hurting my arm. He was worried about that. He’s like, ‘I don’t want you to try to go out there and pitch through everything and end up hurting your arm.’ I thought that also. It made my decision a little easier to swallow because I wouldn’t want to have two surgeries.
“He also said if he gave me the cortisone I could further injure the hip. And if I had surgery in the offseason it could be worse and it could be a longer recovery time. He also said if you get older there’s a good chance you might have to have a hip replacement, if I worsened it. Those things kind of scared the (heck) out of me a little bit. Thinking about hurting my arm. Thinking about having a hip replacement. So the other option is just to get it done and worry about next year.”
Myers, who is a free agent after the season, said his goal is to pitch again this season, although that sounds like a longshot.
“He said it’s a good goal to have, but I have to be careful,” he said. “If you think about it, I’m going to have to keep up arm strength somehow. I’m going to have to pitch to hitters at some point to see how I’m doing. I don’t know. I’ve got a goal to shoot to come back, but it’s all about how I respond with everything. And there might be somebody there (with the Phillies) who’s pitching pretty damn good and there might not be a point in me coming back. But, yeah, I would like to come back and pitch if it’s possible.
“But he told me my range of motion and everything after surgery will be three times as good with the motion and the power and the full use of my leg now. My velocity should be very good, he tells me.”