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Roy Halladay gets second opinion on shoulder from Mets doctor, will address media Friday

May 30, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

Roy Halladay

Yesterday the Phillies announced that Roy Halladay will miss 6-8 weeks with a strained shoulder, but today the team revealed that Halladay got a second opinion on the injury from Dr. David Altchek in New York.

While not as well known as Dr. James Andrews or Dr. Lewis Yocum, Altchek is the Mets team doctor and has performed numerous elbow and shoulder surgeries on high-profile pitchers in recent years.

He did Johan Santana‘s shoulder surgery in 2010 and just last month his second opinion on Twins right-hander Scott Baker led to Tommy John surgery after Minnesota’s team doctors recommended a far less drastic solution.

For now the Phillies have told reporters that Halladay will address the media Friday after meeting again with team doctors, which seems to suggest that some aspect of the situation has changed.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 30, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    “Doctor, I need a second opinion.”

    “Okay, you’re ugly too!”

    • chadjones27 - May 30, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      “Doctor, what’s the diagnosis?”
      You have 10 to live.
      “10 what? 10 years?”
      9 – 8 – 7

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 30, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    At age 35, you have to think a major shoulder surgery could mean the end of his career. First Alfonso Soriano walks in a run, now Doc is injured. What the hell is happening today?

  3. randygnyc - May 30, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Perhaps it’s not the lat muscle? Maybe it’s more serious, perhaps the shoulder?

  4. sicklife1 - May 30, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Hah, from the Met’s doctor? I’m a Mets fan & cringe when the medical staff diagnosis an injury because 99% of the time they’re wrong. Whether its how long the injury will take to heal or the type of injury it is, Mets doctors are horrible. Ask Beltran, who went outside of the organization to have a surgery done. That should sum it all up right there. Good luck with those Doc’s , Doc.

  5. dirtyharry1971 - May 30, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    how about a 3rd opinion roy? Sure, your career is done!! bye bye

  6. drunkenhooliganism - May 30, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    They went to the guy who did Santana’s shoulder? Was the guy who did Charlie Weis’ tummy tuck unavailable?

  7. Utley's Hair - May 30, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    With the way Mutts medical staff have handled Mutts injuries in the recent past, I reserve judgment until we hear from Doc on Friday. Maybe Altchek told him to rub some dirt in it and walk it off?

    • drunkenhooliganism - May 30, 2012 at 6:54 PM

      It’s all good. This guy has experience in operating on the shoulders of no doubt hall of fame pitchers who make $20M+ a year. We’re in good hands.

  8. laeaglefan - May 30, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Doc is going to announce that the Mets doctor told him that if he has Tommy John surgery he’ll come back better than ever and pitch until he’s Jamie Moyer’s age. So, he’s taking the next season and a half off and will be back strong in 2014.

    • gloccamorra - May 31, 2012 at 6:01 PM

      If he’s done pitching this year and next, his 2014 option won’t vest and he’ll be a 37 year old a free agent coming off TJ surgery, needing the first half of 2014 to get back in a groove to be the “old” Doc in the second half. Who will sign him for that?

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