Phillies Refute Report Of Shoulder Surgery For Shane Watson

The Phillies have refuted a report earlier today that said righthander Shane Watson, the team’s supplemental first-round selection in 2012, is scheduled to have surgery to ease inflammation and alleviate an enlarged capsule in his right shoulder.

In an e-mail, farm director Joe Jordan wrote that Watson is scheduled to see a doctor regarding the issue on Jan. 6, and only then would the team determine a course of action.

The initial report came from the Web site, a prominent blog among the Phillies prospect community.

Watson dealt with elbow inflammation this season, as well as shoulder tendinitis. His season ended in July, after just 16 starts at low Class A Lakewood. He tried to rehab the shoulder for the remainder of the season and through the instructional league.

When healthy, Watson operates mainly with a fastball that sits between 89-95 mph and has rated as high as a 60 on the 20-80 scouting scale. He complements it with a hard-biting overhand curveball that is inconsistent but flashes plus. In an interview conducted shortly after he signed in 2012, Watson found a creative way to describe his curve.

“My curveball is like my Visa express card,” he said, “I can use it whenever I want.”

He also has a changeup as his No. 3 pitch, but some Phillies officials noted that he went to it too often this year, particularly in the early portion of the season.

Watson spent his first full season at Lakewood, where he finished 4-6, 4.75. He struck out 53 and walked 28 in 72 innings before his final start, on July 4.

He ranked No. 12 among Phillies prospects entering the 2013 season.