After injuring his shoulder against the Pittsbugh Pirates earlier this season, Roy Halladay thought that their may be a chance that he may never pitch again. He went to see a doctor in Los Angeles, and decided to choose surgery to try and remove the damage from his throwing arm. Halladay's fate may have been decided on that surgery. On Wednesday, the surgery finally happened. It went great.
Halladay, the strongest leg in the Phillies bullpen, may be throwing in 6-8 weeks if all goes well. This surgery could make his arm feel 5, 6 years younger if he continues to progress.
Halladay, after posting a 8+ ERA prior to the surgery, can only hope that he can return to his winning ways. Phillies fans all around the country just have to be rooting for their man Doc.
As of Wednesday, May 15, the Phillies signed Carlos Zambrano to a minor league contract. He will begin throwing for the Phillies extended spring training down in Clearwater, Florida. Zambrano had previously been playing for the Atlantic League, an independent baseball league based in the Atalntic Coast.
After losing Roy Halladay and John Lannan to injury, Zambrano may have to step in to the rotation in Philadelphia after a few minor league starts. He is a career 132-91 with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.
Though he may have the credits of being a major league starting pitcher, Zambrano has his issues. He got suspended 4 games for fighting against his own teammate, and has also broken water coolers over a bad start. He is one of those high risk, high reward starters.
If all goes well, Zambrano could be an effective major league starter. If it doesn't, the Phillies may as well just release him. He doesn't cost them that much.