Analysis

Injury Updates for Howard, Utley, Halladay

Stutes may need surgery.

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro spoke to the media today and gave a bevy of injury updates. Some were good, others were not.

PITCHERS:

Roy Halladay is symptom-free during his throwing program, which is a huge positive. Seems like the 6-8 week timetable is still very much in play.

Michael Stutes could have exploratory shoulder surgery, Amaro said. His nagging shoulder injury has not progressed the way they had hoped. Doesn’t sound like Stutes will be back anytime soon.

-David Herndon will almost certainly need had Tommy John surgery. He’s headed to see Dr. James Andrews on Monday to get the final word, but by all accounts, he’s going to have ligament replacement surgery. It was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, FL.

-And finally, Justin De Fratus is going to throw off a mound on Thursday and reportedly his balky elbow is feeling good, according to the Phillies GM.

HITTERS

Howard could be in rehab games soon.

Chase Utley is DH’ing tonight and batting third. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com says there is a chance he could return to the Phillies before his 20-day rehab is exhausted. Also a big positive. He reportedly felt fine following his six-inning outing at second base on Monday.

Ryan Howard is playing the field and running the bases during exhibition games, according to Amaro. They hope to get him into rehab games in the next few weeks.

Laynce Nix had another setback with his calf strain and will need another MRI to reassess the damage. Nix was one of their most potent hitters off the bench before the injury, but it looks like they’ll lose him for another lengthy period.

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  1. Jaron B

    June 19, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Would someone explain to me the rules and logic behind the 20-day timeline? Sad about Galvis’ suspension. I would appeal if I were him because next time, it will be 100 games. The amount seems REALLY small to me. Overall, ok news on the injury front. Halladay & Utley coming back with De Fratus throwing well will help the Phillies return to form. Howard is ok news. Those set-backs are horrible with another righty going down for the season and Nix further delayed. Well, some of the uncertainty is over.

  2. Dave P

    June 19, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    wtf. They usually keep things quiet but for a pitcher to have tommy john and keep that under wraps…

  3. George

    June 19, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    I don’t really think they kept it under wraps. Herndon saw the doc for a check just yesterday, and had the surgery today. We already know about it, so they “kept it under wraps” for what, a few hours?

  4. Dave P

    June 20, 2012 at 12:06 am

    I wasn’t aware it was a possibility, though. But I suppose I interpreted the article as saying he had the surgery a while ago.

  5. Schwalmy

    June 20, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Okay is it just me or does it seem that since the banning and especially the testing of HGH the offenses have been depleted and player injuries are at an all time high throughout the whole league! Especially older clubs like the Phil’s !

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