Yesterday the Phillies announced that Roy Halladay will miss 6-8 weeks with a strained shoulder, but today the team revealed that Halladay got a second opinion on the injury from Dr. David Altchek in New York.
While not as well known as Dr. James Andrews or Dr. Lewis Yocum, Altchek is the Mets team doctor and has performed numerous elbow and shoulder surgeries on high-profile pitchers in recent years.
He did Johan Santana’s shoulder surgery in 2010 and just last month his second opinion on Twins right-hander Scott Baker led to Tommy John surgery after Minnesota’s team doctors recommended a far less drastic solution.
For now the Phillies have told reporters that Halladay will address the media Friday after meeting again with team doctors, which seems to suggest that some aspect of the situation has changed.
The Tigers signed catcher Josh Thole to a minor league deal, per an announcement from the Double-A Erie SeaWolves on Friday. Thole is expected to report to Double-A Erie, where he’ll split time with starting catcher Jake Rogers.
Thole, 31, has not appeared in a major or minor league game since 2016. He signed a minors deal with the Diamondbacks back in 2017, but was sidelined through most of the season after undergoing hamstring surgery in April. He was released by the team during spring training and failed to catch on with another major league club through the first two months of the 2018 season.
While the veteran backstop hasn’t tested his skills in pro ball for several years now, he held his own during a short-lived run with the independent New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League. Over 17 games in 2018, Thole batted .317/.425/.367 with three extra-base hits and a .791 OPS in 75 plate appearances. He’s expected to serve as catching depth within the Tigers’ organization, but may yet work his way back to the majors if he can get his average back over the Mendoza Line again — a feat he hasn’t managed since 2015.