PHILADELPHIA -- Awaiting the results of Roy Halladay's second opinion?
The Phillies said they are, too.
Halladay is on the disabled list with what the team has called a strained right latissimus dorsi. He is expected to be sidelined from activity for three weeks, but he could be back on the mound pitching for the Phillies in six to eight weeks. Phillies physician Michael Ciccotti examined him Tuesday in Philadelphia, but Halladay got a second opinion from Mets physician David Altchek later this week.
Altcheck is examining previous MRI results and a recent CT scan, and when he has a report, the Phillies said they will pass it along.
Is there any reason to believe Halladay's injury could be more than they think?
"We don't think so, but I'm going to wait until Altchek gets all the information," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "I'm pretty optimistic that it is what it is."
Halladay had not looked like himself since Spring Training. His velocity had dipped from previous seasons. He also had not looked as sharp. The Phillies have been questioned why they did not examine Halladay earlier, if they suspected he was not right. Perhaps an earlier exam could have caught the problem before it got worse.
"At no time did Doc really complain about anything or have any issue," Amaro said. "Doc has been with us since January 1 in camp. We get to see him every single day. He's seen. He does his work. Our medical people and our rehab people are with him all the time. He never really made any indication at all, until more recently, that he even had an issue. His velocity, I think a lot of people are making a lot of it, but it wasn't all that different from where it's been. Maybe a tick below. But I think more than anything else, we thought it was more of a mechanical thing. And I think Dubes [pitching coach Rich Dubee] and Roy had been working on some of that stuff because he didn't think mechanically he was right. But it wasn't anything all that alarming. Had the player told us something was bothering him we would have addressed it. Evidently, he didn't."
Amaro said it is not normal protocol to pull a player off the field when he has not complained about an injury and have him tested.
"We check with him every day, every start, if the player had an issue or felt like he had an issue he would tell us," Amaro said. "It's not like we're not proactive about it. We're proactive on all of our guys when it comes to that."