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Ibanez Delayed Again

Raul Ibanez had been scheduled to begin a rehab assignment yesterday with Double-A Reading.

That got pushed back to today.

And that got pushed back to tomorrow.

The Phillies have said Ibanez has suffered no setbacks, but whatever the reason, there is little chance he could be back in the Phillies lineup before the end of the weekend against the Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Ibanez probably needs at least 10 to 12 at-bats in the Minors before he feels comfortable enough to rejoin the Phillies.

So if Ibanez’s workout today goes well, he could play tomorrow in Reading. We’ll see.

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Brett Myers had a follow-up exam with Bryan Kelly, the surgeon who performed his hip surgery. Myers can begin a throwing program in two weeks, although his return this season remains a long shot.

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Myers Will Have Surgery


myers speaks.jpgBrett Myers
said he will have surgery on his injured right hip, which likely ends his season.

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.”

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Myers: Surgery Is Likely

myers 0527.jpgIf Brett Myers can find a way to pitch this season with his injured right hip, he said he will try.

But surgery sounds inevitable, which means his season is in jeopardy.

“It sounds like surgery is almost 100 percent from the first opinion,” Myers said in a telephone interview Thursday. “They told me that my hip is (messed ) up. They tried to compare it to (Chase Utley‘s hip). From what they said it’s similar – similar, but different. It’s got different fraying. I don’t want to say it’s worse, but that’s kind of what they told me.”

Myers left Wednesday’s game against the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park in the sixth inning after his hip kept locking up. He has had the problem for about a month, but he said his hip has bothered him on occasion the past couple years. But he said it never felt as bad as it felt Wednesday. Myers had x-rays after the game that showed bone spurs in his hip joint. He had a MRI exam Thursday that the Phillies said revealed fraying and possible tearing in the labrum in the hip.

Myers, who has been on the disabled list just once in his eight-year career, sounded concerned Wednesday night, but he never expected one of the first words from team physican Michael Ciccotti‘s mouth would be that he needed surgery.

“I honestly didn’t think I would need surgery,” Myers said. “I thought it would show some inflammation or some slight stuff that would need work, but I could pitch through. I definitely didn’t think they would be recommending surgery. But they recommended surgery right after I talked to them. That was the first thing they told me.”

Myers plans to get a second opinion from New York-based hip specialist Bryan Kelly, who performed surgery on Utley’s hip in November. He said if Kelly recommends surgery, he said he plans to have surgery as soon as possible to improve his chances of pitching before the end of the season.

Is that even realistic?

“I’m just hoping that it’s something easily fixable,” Myers said. “Ciccotti said three to four months. From today that’s September or October. I would hope that would be the best bet. That’s what I’d like, you know?

“I have to do it regardless. Surgery is required regardless of when I get it. Whether or not I pitch through it this year and get it in the offseason will be up to me. It’s going to be up to me. But if that doctor tells me I have to have surgery now, then I’m going to do it. There’s no point in even trying to (mess) with it and mess it up to where I can’t walk when I’m 30.”

Myers, who is a free agent after the season, is 4-3 with a 4.66 ERA in 10 starts this year. He and Cole Hamels have been the team’s most reliable starters in a rotation that has the worst ERA in baseball. Losing Myers for any stretch would be a major blow, and certainly would step up the team’s efforts to acquire starting pitching help.

The Phillies said in a statement that “it is possible that Brett will not make his next start. That decision as well as any decision on a possible DL stint or surgery will be determined at a later date.” But any chances of Myers making his next scheduled start seem like a miracle long shot at best.

“If (Kelly) tells me I can’t (mess) it up anymore and go for it and I have to take some pain pills or whatever to pitch through it then that’s what I’ll do,” Myers said. “If I can pitch through and I can’t mess it up anymore, I’m definitely going to try to pitch through it.”

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