Not only are the Phillies going for the sweep with rookie Jonathan Pettibone on the mound against Barry Zito, but Roy Halladay updated his injury status an hour prior to the game in the visitor's dugout at AT&T Park.
Halladay will have arthroscopic surgery to clean up his right shoulder, which he said has a bone spur, a frayed labrum and partially torn rotator cuff.
"The doctor seemed pretty optimistic that if what they saw was correct that I could come back and be a lot more effective and have a chance to pitch this year," Halladay said.
"He said he thought they could turn back the clock two or three years for me. I thought it was very good news. Obviously I don't want to miss time, but as far as scenarios go, I thought it was a lot better than some of the things I anticipated."
No timetable for his return has been determined.
"In certain cases, it's been three months, but we really don't have a timetable," he said. "I think the timetable is going to come once they go in and confirm that hey, what we saw in the X-rays is exactly what we saw when we went in there. ... They were definitely optimistic that I would be back this year."
Halladay seemed optimistic and said he hasn't felt much pain during this process. If you buy into what he was selling, this is very good news. Halladay said the doctors told him the cleanup would allow him to regain some velocity and command. His command deteriorated so rapidly there had to be something wrong. Apparently it was this.
Different lineup for finaleWith the lefty Zito working, Charlie Manuel decided to give Ryan Howard and Dom Brown the afternoon off.
Here's Manuel's order:1.) Jimmy Rollins, ss
2.) Kevin Frandsen, 1b
3.) Michael Young, 3b
4.) Chase Utley, 2b
5.) Delmon Young, rf
6.) Carlos Ruiz, c
7.) John Mayberry, lf
8.) Ben Revere, cf
9.) Jonathan Pettibone, p
Utley is starting a game in the cleanup spot for the first time since Sept.21, 2011. Utley went 0-for-3 with a walk and a pair of strikeouts against John Lannan that day.
Utley is 7-for-17 with a pair of doubles, a triple and a homer against Zito. That's not as impressive as Mayberry's 4-for-6 against the lefty with three homers.