Thursday, May 28, 2009

Myers likely done for season

Phillies starter Brett Myers needs hip surgery and is likely done for the season.

X-rays and an MRI exam Thursday revealed bone spurring, fraying and a possible tear in the labrum.

A statement from Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. detailed the diagnosis and said that Myers will seek a second opinion from a hip specialist before any determinations are made with regard to surgery or a stint on the disabled list.

"It is possible that Brett will not make his next start. That decision, as well as any decision on a possible DL stint or surgery, will be determined at a later date."

However, Myers was quoted in a story on the team's Web site stating surgery was recommended by Phillies team physician Dr. Michael Ciccotti, who reviewed both the X-rays and MRI.

"It sounds like surgery is almost 100 percent from the first opinion," Myers told "They told me that my hip is [messed] up. They tried to compare it to [Chase Utley's hip]. From what they said it's similar -- similar, but different. It's got different fraying. I don't want to say it's worse, but that's kind of what they told me."

Utley's original recovery period was set at 4-to-6 months, but he returned much sooner than expected.

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