More injury updates: Amaro on Ruiz, Halladay, Howard

More injury updates: Amaro on Ruiz, Halladay, Howard

May 22, 2013, 2:45 pm
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Several days ago the Phillies looked like the healthiest contending team in the NL East for the first time in years. The Braves had just lost Jonny Venters and Eric O’Flaherty for the season and the Nationals were dealing with injuries to Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos.

Then Mike Adams’ day-to-day back ailment turned into a DL stint, Carlos Ruiz strained his hamstring, Ryan Howard’s knee soreness caused him to miss two games and Chase Utley pulled his rib cage. Utley's injury may also require a trip to the 15-day DL (see story).

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro addressed the series of injuries to Comcast SportsNet’s Neil Hartman Wednesday before speaking at the “Impact of Sports” conference held at Lincoln Financial Field:

Amaro on Roy Halladay

“I had a long talk with Roy [Tuesday] and, really, it was the best-case scenario. For a guy who’s pitched as much as he's pitched, who has had a little bit of history now with some shoulder and back issues and changes in his labrum, for him to come away with that operation with just -- he does have some changes in there -- but for him to come away with no muscle detachment, the doctor didn’t have to tack anything down. Basically, he did a cleanout and did some things in the shoulder that will hopefully loosen [Halladay] up a bit.

“For him to be in that position, it’s kind of the best-case scenario. I’m not sure if he's going to come back and be an effective pitcher for us, but if Roy can, if it’s humanly possible, he'll be able to do it. We hope he can come back in late August, early September, and help our rotation.”

Amaro said the Phillies knew something was wrong with Halladay when he stopped commanding the ball. “That’s one of the biggest signs that he has something going on in there,” Amaro said. “His mind wants him to throw the pitch to the outside part, but his arm path is not letting him do it. So we knew there was something going on in there. They went in, cleaned it out, and hopefully it’ll help him.”

On Ryan Howard

“He had some discomfort, he has some changes in his meniscus. A couple arthritic changes, which are kind of normal for an athlete of his age and size. He’s day-to-day but obviously he felt much better after the [cortisone] shot and hopefully that carries him for a while.

“… It was encouraging that the cortisone helped him. He felt much better [Tuesday] morning.”

On Carlos Ruiz

“Chooch is in the best shape of his career. He looks great, he worked very hard to be prepared and to hit the ground running after his suspension. And yet he turns the corner at second base and gets a hamstring pull.

“Hopefully it’s not more than a month, but we have to be careful with the hamstring, especially a guy in his position. Hopefully he'll be out 3-4 weeks and we'll get him back and get him going.”

On several occasions Amaro referred to the injury issues as “the luck of the draw.”

“Thats the bizarre thing, he hasn't,” Amaro said when asked if Ruiz has a history of hamstring issues.

“Chase never had a history of any rib cage issues and Chooch hasn’t had any issues with his hamstring. Just bizarre things that happen over the course of an athlete's life."

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