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Vince Velasquez has surgery and get this, it was indeed successful

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Vince Velasquez

Vince Velasquez has surgery and get this, it was indeed successful

Vince Velasquez underwent surgery to repair a vascular issue with his right middle finger. And get this, it was successful. 

Has any pro athlete ever had an unsuccessful surgery?

Either way, Velasquez took to Instagram to thank the fans for supporting him.

And as the Founding Fathers wrote in the Bill of Rights, any Philly athlete must use the #trusttheprocess.

Velasquez left his last start on August 10, after surrendering three runs in just one inning. A week and a half later, the Phils placed the flamethrower on the 60-day DL, ending his season. 

Velasquez went 2-7 with a 5.13 ERA, but again continued to struggle with his command and ability to get batters out.

After some pause, Vince Velasquez will undergo surgery to address blood flow issue

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After some pause, Vince Velasquez will undergo surgery to address blood flow issue

Vince Velasquez will in fact have surgery.

Last week, the Phillies' right-hander was set to undergo a procedure to address a vascular issue, but plans changed ... for the time being.

"I just want to get a second opinion," Velasquez said last Friday. "Who wants to jump to conclusions too quick? I mean, if you have options to choose from."

The second opinion was had in Dallas on Tuesday, and Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Thursday that Velasquez is headed for surgery.

A timetable for the procedure is to be determined.

The 25-year-old was moved to the 60-day disabled list on Aug. 22 after tests revealed a blood flow issue in his pitching arm that has caused numbness and bruising in his right middle finger. 

"There's some kind of pinch, I guess, and it's limiting blood flow to the tip of my finger," Velasquez said last Friday. "There may be some loose cartilage or something down there at the tip of my finger that's preventing it from having that blood flow."

The issue forced him to exit his start on Aug. 10 after one inning, which turned out to be the final outing of his 2017 campaign. Velasquez, though, was optimistic last week — surgery or not — about his prospects for 2018.

"Yes, 100 percent," he said. "It's very minor. I'll definitely be ready for spring training. The recovery is quick."

Velasquez, acquired in the December 2015 Ken Giles trade, is 10-13 with a 4.48 ERA in 39 starts with the Phillies over parts of the last two seasons.

In other injury matters Thursday, right-hander Jerad Eickhoff (right hand) was placed on the 10-day DL, while outfielders Odubel Herrera and Aaron Altherr — both recovering from hamstring injuries — began rehab assignments with Double A Reading (see story).

Phillies pitcher Vince Velasquez will get second opinion before conceding to surgery

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Phillies pitcher Vince Velasquez will get second opinion before conceding to surgery

That procedure that Vince Velasquez was supposed to get this week to address a vascular issue ...

Hold on.

"I just want to get a second opinion," the Phillies pitcher said Friday. "Who wants to jump to conclusions too quick? I mean, if you have options to choose from."

Velasquez is on the disabled list and finished for the remainder of the season because of a blood flow issue that has affected his right middle finger — on his pitching hand. The problem surfaced on Aug. 10 when he had to leave his start against the New York Mets after one inning because the finger was numb and blue. Velasquez held his hand in front of him on Friday and invited a reporter to grasp it. The finger had a bluish hue to it and was colder than the fingers on his left hand.

"Crazy, huh?" he said.

Velasquez, 25, saw a specialist in St. Louis on Monday. On Tuesday, the team said the pitcher would have a minor surgical procedure in the area of his armpit to address the problem.

"That was the original plan," Velasquez said. "I made the decision as far as having a second opinion."

He said he would see a doctor in Dallas on Tuesday.

Is there a chance he could avoid a surgical procedure?

"There might be a possibility," he said. "Again, we're going to see what this doctor says and we'll go from there and then we'll sit down and see what we're going to do, and if there is an operation that needs to be done, I can pick and choose who I want to be operated on by."

Velasquez indicated that he has some type of a blockage, but he is not worried about continuing his career next season.

"There's some kind of pinch, I guess, and it's limiting blood flow to the tip of my finger," he said. "There may be some loose cartilage or something down there at the tip of my finger that's preventing it from having that blood flow.

"The cause is up here (armpit) but it's restricting it down there (finger) due to maybe loose cartilage or something down there. That's the question as far as why is it just here in the middle finger?"

Velasquez said he was optimistic that whatever course of action he chooses, the problem can be fixed.

"Yes, 100 percent," he said. "It's very minor. I'll definitely be ready for spring training. The recovery is quick. I'll have more answers next week."