For Roy Halladay, arthroscopic surgery on his troublesome throwing shoulder became the best-case scenario when he had prepared himself for the worst — a career-ending injury that would force his retirement when he’s far from ready.
Halladay will undergo a procedure in his right shoulder to repair a partially torn rotator cuff and remove a bone spur. He also has some fraying of the labrum.
‘‘I think we did all the right things,’’ Halladay said. ‘‘Now I feel I have something to grasp onto, something to move forward with. I don’t feel as lost as before. I feel like there’s some answers.’’
He is relieved he won’t need reconstructive surgery at this stage.
On the 15-day disabled list since Monday because of inflammation in his throwing shoulder, the two-time Cy Young Award winner met with Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Halladay said he expects to have surgery next week to give himself the best chance of returning this season. He didn’t say who will perform the surgery.
‘‘They’re going to go in and clean up the bone spur, clean up the rotator cuff and the labrum, try and keep that as unevasive as possible,’’ Halladay said. ‘‘From what I understand, if they go in and see during surgery what they saw on the exams, I have a chance to come back and pitch this year — I have a good chance to come back and pitch this year.
‘‘They said my range of motion will be better, my location will be better, hopefully the velocity will be better,’’ he added.
Halladay, 35, is 2-4 with an 8.65 ERA in seven starts this season after missing nearly two months last year because of a strained back muscle.
Happ out of hospital
Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ was released from a Florida hospital, just a day after he was hit on the head by a line drive, and hopes for a quick return to the mound.
Less than 24 hours after he was hit on the head by a line drive and carted off the field, the Blue Jays pitcher was back at Tropicana Field on Wednesday. The 30-year-old said he had a skull fracture behind his left ear that doctors believe will heal on its own, as well as a sore right knee that he tweaked when he dropped to the ground Tuesday night.
Otherwise, he felt pretty good after his release from Bayfront Medical Center. He does not have a concussion.
‘‘I feel really fortunate,’’ Happ said after limping into a room at Tropicana Field for a news conference.
‘‘It looks like I moved just a little bit. I don’t remember doing that, but it looks like it was just enough to where it must have caught me in a better spot, because I think it could have got me head on,’’ he said.
Happ, who was put on the 15-day disabled list, had a brief conversation with Tampa Bay’s Desmond Jennings, who hit the line drive that caught him squarely on the left side of the head.