Philadelphia Phillies righthander Roy Halladay will have shoulder surgery next week that potentially could end his season and his tenure with the organization. And he made sure to thank Phillies fans and even apologize to them.

"It's tough," Halladay said, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. "You feel an obligation to the organization, to your teammates, to the fans to try to go out and pitch. Especially on a competitive team that sells out. For me, that was a big factor. If I'm playing for a last-place team, and there's things going on, you maybe speak up. But we have a chance to go win a World Series, and we have sellouts, and fans have expectations. You want to do everything you can to try to make it work.

"Really, that was a lot of the reason I tried to keep going. . . . I just wanted to reach out to the fans, thank them for their support, and apologize to the ones who pay the money and show up in the second inning and it's 9-0. I apologize to the fans that I won't be out there for three months."

Halladay allowed nine earned runs on nine hits and four walks in just 2 1/3 innings in his most recent start. That came on the heels of another very uncharacteristic outing (earned runs in 3 2/3 innings) for the two-time Cy Young Award winner.