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Awaiting Word on Doc

Awaiting the results of Roy Halladay’s second opinion?

The Phillies said they are waiting, too.

Halladay is on the disabled list with what the team has called a strained right latissimus dorsi. He is expected to be sidelined from activity for three weeks, but could be back on the mound pitching for the Phillies in six to eight weeks. Phillies physician Michael Ciccotti examined him Tuesday in Philadelphia, but Halladay got a second opinion from Mets physician David Altchek later this week.

Altcheck is examining previous MRI results and a recent CT scan, and when he has a report the Phillies said they will pass it along.

Is there any reason to believe Halladay’s injury could be more than previously believed?

“We don’t think so, but I’m going to wait until Altchek gets all the information,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “I’m pretty optimistic that it is what it is.”

Halladay had not looked like himself since Spring Training. His velocity had dipped from previous seasons. He also had not looked as sharp. The Phillies have been questioned why they did not exam Halladay earlier, if they suspected he was not right. Perhaps an earlier exam could caught the problem earlier.

“At no time did Doc really complain about anything or have any issue,” Amaro said. “Doc has been with us since January 1 in camp. We get to see him every single day. He’s seen. He does his work. Our medical people and our rehab people are with him all the time. He never really made any indication at all until more recently that he even had an issue. His velocity, I think a lot of people are making a lot of it, but it wasn’t all that different from where it’s been. Maybe a tick below. But I think more than anything else, we thought it was more of a mechanical thing. And I think Dubes (pitching coach Rich Dubee) and Roy had been working on some of that stuff because he didn’t think mechanically he was right. But it wasn’t anything all that alarming. Had the player told us something was bothering him we would have addressed it. Evidently, he didn’t.”

Amaro said it is not normal protocol to pull a player off the field when he has not complained about an injury and have him examined.

“We check with him every day, every start, if the player had an issue or felt like he had an issue he would tell us,” Amaro said. “It’s not like we’re not proactive about it. We’re proactive on all of our guys when it comes to that.”

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Moyer Had Tommy John Surgery Today


Thumbnail image for moyer 0818.jpgJamie Moyer
had Tommy John ligament replacement surgery today in New York.

Orthopedist David Altchek performed the surgery.

Moyer, who turned 48 this month, went 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA in 19 starts this season before injuring his elbow during a July 20 start in St. Louis. Moyer, who is a free agent, rehabbed the elbow with his eye on competing for a job somewhere in Spring Training. But those plans derailed this month when he injured his elbow again during his third Winter Ball start.

Moyer’s public relations firm said Moyer is “keeping the door open for a return to the mound.”

“Thanks to the advances in surgery many pitchers have made successful returns to the mound after undergoing surgery similar to mine,” Moyer said in a statement. “I look forward to the challenge of making a comeback for the 2012 season. I love this game and I still believe I can be a successful pitcher in the big leagues. Prior to the injury I was feeling great and throwing well. I want to thank everyone for the kind words and good wishes.”

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Looking for a holiday gift(s)? The 4th annual Philadelphia Sports Book Signing Extravaganza is Friday from 7-10pm at Barnes & Noble, The Court @ Oxford Valley Mall, 210 Commerce Blvd., Fairless Hills, Pa. Ray Didinger, Anthony Gargano, Glen Macnow, Jayson Stark, Randy Miller, Greg Cosell, Reuben Frank, Mark Eckel and myself will be on hand to sign copies of our books and talk sports.

I’m also signing books from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Majestic Clubhouse Store at Citizens Bank Park. So if you can’t get to Barnes & Noble on Friday night, try the ballpark on Saturday. Thanks!

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