Halladay Gets Second Opinion on Shoulder

Roy Halladay received a second opinion on his shoulder from the Mets' team doctor. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

NEW YORK — Pitcher Roy Halladay returned to the Phillies, and before Wednesday's series finale at Citi Field against the New York Mets, he received a second opinion on his shoulder from Mets team doctor David Altchek.

Halladay, according to a team official, is expected to speak publicly about the situation once Phillies doctor Michael Ciccotti, Phillies head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan and Altchek confer.

The Phillies had no problem with Halladay seeking a second opinion.

“We encourage it,” said Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock before tonight’s game. “It just provides further peace of mind.”

Proefrock said second opinions are common. He said that, to his knowledge, Halladay didn’t seek it due to any additional fears.

“Not that I’m aware of,” Proefrock said. “Vance Worley saw Dr. (James) Andrews for a second opinion.”

The Phillies placed Halladay on the disabled list retroactive to Monday with a right latissimus dorsi strain.

Halladay will be shut down for a minimum of three weeks and the team estimates he will be out for between six to eight weeks.