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Halladay surgery said by friends to be 'best-case' scenario

When the Phillies announced that Roy Halladay's surgery was "successful,'' they meant it.

Surgeries seem to have to clear only the lowest of hurdles to qualify as "successful,'' but Halladay's arthroscopic shoulder surgery is said by people close to him to have been the "best-case'' scenario.

That means no additional damage was found to his shoulder as to need more extensive surgery, and he is expected back pitching this season. The Phillies star was an uncharacteristic 2-4 with an 8.65 ERA early this season.

The Phillies announced that he's likely to be able to begin throwing in "six to eight weeks.'' The Phillies team doctor is expected to speak to reporters Thursday afternoon and provide additional details.

The operation was performed by noted surgen Neal ElAttrache. The release said a "debridement of the labrum and rotator cuff and removal of inflamed bursa sac'' was executed.

While the Phillies signed free agent Carlos Zamrano to a minor-league deal, the team views that move as more of a "flyer.'' The team will need a fifth starter in a week and a half, and John Lannan is still rehabbing his injured knee.

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