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Phillies to induct Roy Halladay into Wall of Fame on August 4

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The Phillies will posthumously induct pitcher Roy Hallday to the Wall of Fame at Citizens Bank Park on August 4, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News reports.

Halladay died at the age of 40 on November 7 last year when his ICON A5 amphibious plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. An autopsy revealed traces of morphine, amphetamine, Prozac, and Ambien in Halladay’s system.

Halladay spent the last four seasons of his career, from 2010-13, with the Phillies. He went a combined 55-29 with a 3.25 ERA and 622 strikeouts in 702 2/3 innings. The right-hander won the National League Cy Young Award in 2010 and finished as a runner-up in 2011.

The Phillies haven’t inducted a figure into the Wall of Fame since 2016 when Hall of Famer Jim Thome earned the honor. Pete Rose was to be inducted last summer, but the Phillies disinvited him due to a controversy. Halladay will be the first pitcher added to the Wall of Fame since Curt Schilling in 2013. He’ll be the first figure inducted posthumously since broadcaster Harry Kalas in 2009.

After this season, Halladay will become eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time.

Bradley Zimmer to miss 8-12 months after shoulder surgery

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Indians outfielder Bradley Zimmer is out for the year after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder, the team announced Saturday. The projected recovery timetable spans anywhere from 8-12 months, which puts Zimmer’s return in the second half of the 2019 season, assuming that all goes well.

Zimmer, 25, had not made an appearance for the Indians since June 3. He racked up a cumulative nine weeks on the major- and minor-league disabled lists this season and will have finished his year with a .226/.281/.330 batting line, seven extra-base hits, and four stolen bases in 114 plate appearances.

The outfielder reportedly sustained his season-ending injury during a workout in Triple-A Columbus, where Cleveland.com’s Joe Noga says Zimmer began feeling discomfort in his shoulder after completing a set of one-handed throwing drills. Comments from club manager Terry Francona suggest that the Indians have every reason to believe that he’ll make a full recovery by next summer, though it’s not yet clear whether or not he’ll need additional time to readjust to a full workload when he takes the field again.