Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay will have surgery on his pitching shoulder and thinks he could return to the mound this Major League Baseball season, the team said Wednesday.
The right-hander, who has an earned run average of 8.65 in seven starts this season, said he'll have an arthroscopic procecure to repair bone spurs, a partially torn rotator cuff and frayed labrum.
"From what I understand, if (the doctors) go in and see during surgery what they saw on the exams, I have a chance to come back and pitch this year," the two-time Cy Young Award-winner said. "I have a good chance to come back and pitch this year and hopefully be a lot more effective."
Despite his optimism, no prospective timetable has been given for his return.