Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay talked about his shoulder injury in a press conference on Wednesday (via Phollowing The Phillies).
After consulting with doctors, Halladay said he will take a three-week break from throwing the baseball. In terms of future surgery, Halladay seemed doubtful. "From what I understand, no. It's a matter of calming it down and strengthening everything around it. I think from what they saw, the changes weren't such that would warrant anything down the road. From my understanding, I was never asked to see him at a later point. Once we calmed it down and got things comfortable, it wouldn't be something we'd have to evaluate later."
While Halladay misses being in the game, he is taking care not to rush back and risk re-injury. "I think there's ways to work hard and be smart about it and rehab yourself correctly. The first week was obviously tough, but I found things to do, not arm related. The important thing is just knowing that a week could save me a month. As much as I want to be back, I want to make sure that when I am back, it's not something I have to address later on, that it's a hurdle that's been passed and doesn't need to be something that reoccurs down the road. I understand that and I'm going to be very cautious of that. At the same token, I want to be out there. I'm going to do everything I can to rehab and all the other stuff to make sure we're doing it the right way. That's I think a part of the reason I wanted to get the second opinion is you just want to try to gather as much information as you can so you know what you're dealing with and you know how to approach it the right way and what makes the most sense and ultimately what's best in the long term. And I'm very well aware that a week during this process could save me a long period of time. I'll be very upfront with them and use the knowledge around me."
Halladay also spoke about his future. He wants to end his career with the Phillies and win a World Series before he does. "Ultimately, my goal is to finish my career with the Phillies and win a World Series here. Some of those things are not fully in my control, but my intent is to play here and finish my career here and be here as long as I can. I don't know what's going to happen over the next year and a half, but I know from my side I'm going to make an effort to be here as long as I can and finish here. I don't want to go anywhere else."
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