It appears that Roy Halladay's season is not over, but the starting pitcher will need surgery before returning to the mound.

Halladay will have surgery on his right shoulder to repair a bone spur and clean out the area that has caused him pain during this season.

"[This route] is better than the other options," Halladay said. He also said that doctors told him if the surgery reveals no additional damage, he will be able to return this year and will hopefully be a better pitcher.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel may have tipped his hand when he told reporters he believes Halladay has a "real good chance" of pitching again this year over an hour before the injured pitcher was set to meet with the media.

Or maybe it was Halladay's demeanor in the clubhouse. He was reportedly laughing and smiling, not an attitude you would expect from a guy who could be facing a career-threatening injury.

"Are you guys gonna grill me?" he asked reporters in the clubhouse.

So when Halladay met with the media in the Phillies dugout before Wednesday's series finale against the Giants at AT&T Park, many were not surprised to find out that Halladay will indeed pitch again this season.

But only if his surgery goes well.