Roy Halladay’s shoulder injury will keep $20 million option from vesting in 2014

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Roy Halladay’s shoulder problems are expected to sideline him for 6-8 weeks and Todd Zolecki of MLB.com has an interesting note about the ramifications of the injury beyond this season.

Halladay signed a three-year, $60 million deal with the Phillies in December of 2009 to facilitate his trade from the Blue Jays and the contract also includes a $20 million option for 2014 that vests if he throws 415 total innings between 2012 and 2013, including at least 225 innings in 2013.

Even for a workhorse like Halladay reaching those marks was hardly guaranteed before the injury and now it’ll be almost impossible. Halladay has thrown just 72 innings this season, which means he’d have to throw another 343 innings between now and the end of next season.

Zolecki also notes that there’s nothing keeping the Phillies and Halladay from re-doing the contract if both sides want to avoid a breakup after next season, but for now at least the shoulder injury has likely cost him $20 million.

Carter Capps to undergo surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome

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Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that Padres pitcher Carter Capps will undergo surgery this offseason to address thoracic outlet syndrome, which doctors believe caused the right-hander’s blood clots. The Padres hope to have him ready by spring training next year.

Capps, 27, underwent Tommy John surgery last year and didn’t debut this season until August 7. He made 11 relief appearances, yielding nine runs on 12 hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings. He went back on the DL on September 12 due to the blood clot issue.

The Padres acquired Capps from the Marlins last July in the Andrew Cashner trade which ended up having a lot of moving parts. Capps will enter his third and final year of arbitration eligibility this offseason. It’s quite possible the Padres choose to non-tender him.

Zack Greinke likely to start Wild Card game for Diamondbacks

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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo is considering pushing Zack Greinke‘s next start to this weekend in order to line him up to start the National League Wild Card game on normal rest, Nick Piecoro reports. The D-Backs open up their final series of the season, a three-game set, on Friday against the Royals in Kansas City. Greinke is currently on track to start Wednesday against the Giants and the team has an off day on Thursday.

Robbie Ray has been the Diamondbacks’ best pitcher by several measures, including ERA (2.95) and K/9 (12.3), but Greinke has been quite good himself (3.18) and has nine postseason starts under his belt in his career. He’s acclimated to postseason pressure. The D-Backs also signed Greinke to a $206.5 million contract two years ago, which is likely a factor.

The D-Backs are still waiting to find out which opponent will fly to Arizona for the Wild Card game on October 4. Currently, the Rockies hold a two-game lead over the Brewers and lead the Cardinals by 2.5 games.