Roy Halladay Shoulder: Best-Case, Worst-Case Scenarios for Phillies Pitcher

Bleacher Report—May 9, 2013

Roy Halladay struggled throughout the 2013 season. His arm slot has changed, likely because he was trying to find a comfortable way to get the ball to the plate. That change is common and signals damage inside the shoulder, which is exactly what was found upon imaging.

Halladay will now have arthroscopic surgery to correct a frayed labrum and rotator cuff, as well as clean up bone spurs or debris inside the shoulder.

While damage to the labrum and cuff can be devastating, Halladay and his doctor feel confident that the damage is minor. The biceps, labrum and rotator cuff often work in concert, leading Dr. Stephen O'Brien to call the area the "biceps-labrum complex."

Minor fraying is an indication that the area has been stressed over time, but has not given out completely. The location of the fraying would be instructive, but as of now, there's been no comment on this. The likely areas are in the back of the shoulder, where pain from both types of injuries tends to be felt.

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