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Jamie Moyer is giving baseball one more shot.
He is going to be continuing his rehab from Tommy John surgery at the Phillies’ Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. The Phillies have not signed Moyer to a contract, so he remains a free agent, but he asked the Phillies if he could use their facilities.
“We’re providing him our space in Clearwater and our expertise,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
Moyer, 48, went 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA in 19 starts in 2010 before he injured his left elbow in July. He tried to rehab the injury without surgery, but it did not go as planned. He had Tommy John ligament replacement surgery in December.
A few things from last night’s game and this week’s sweep over Washington:
- Raul Ibanez entered the series in a 0-for-34 slump. He extended that slump to 35 at-bats following an at-bat in the second inning Tuesday. But Ibanez finished the series 8-for-11 with three doubles, two home runs and five RBIs, raising his batting average from .152 to .214. Nobody knows where Ibanez goes from here, but it’s a good start.
- Roy Halladay is an insane 18-1 with a 1.56 ERA in 19 starts against the National League East since the beginning of last season. Tim Hudson is the only other pitcher to have 10 or more victories against the NL East since last year. He is 10-5. Halladay’s 18 wins are so insane he is tied for second in the NL East in wins from 2008-11. Josh Johnson has 19 wins against the NL East in that span. (Halladay is tied with Hudson, Jair Jurrjens and Jamie Moyer.) Not that you need reminding, but Halladay made only two starts against the NL East from 2008-09 while he pitched for the Blue Jays.
- Halladay vs. John Lannan was a huge mismatch, and Elias Sports Bureau tells us just how bad it was. Halladay had won his last nine decisions against the Nationals/Expos and Lannan had an 0-9 record against the Phillies. Last night was the first time starting pitchers – one on a winning streak of nine or more games against the opposing team and the other on a losing streak of nine or more games against his opponent – faced each other since Sept. 29, 1929, when the Red Sox and Philadelphia Athletics played at Braves Field in Boston. A’s starter Lefty Grove had won 13-straight decisions against the Red Sox and Boston starter Red Ruffing had lost 12-straight decisions against the Athletics. Ruffing and the Red Sox beat Grove and the A’s, 10-0, snapping both streaks.
“Harry Kalas: Voice of the Phillies,” a 21-track album first released on CD, is now available on iTunes and Amazon. The CD includes some of Kalas’ best calls, plus interviews with Kalas himself.
Pat Hughes, the voice of the Chicago Cubs on WGN Radio since 1996, narrates the 70-minute album.
“Harry Kalas was blessed with one of the most distinctive and unforgettable voices in broadcasting history,” Hughes said in a news release. “It’s understandable why fans still miss Harry so much. These recordings are the perfect way to remember and reconnect with such a beloved icon.”
The album also is available at Citizens Bank Park and www.baseballvoices.com. It will soon be available at additional retail outlets in the Philadelphia area.
The Moyer Foundation will host “An Evening at the Ballpark” on May 17 at 6 p.m. in the Diamond Club of Citizens Bank Park. Jamie Moyer and Philadelphia celebrities will dinner to attendees, who will have the opportunity to bid on silent and live auction iteams.
The event has raised more than $1 million over the past four years.
All proceeds from the event will benefit The Moyer Foundation’s Camp Erin program, the largest national bereavement camp in the country for grieving children and teens. Sponsorship opportunities, as well as tickets, are available. For more information and to purchase tickets or become a sponsor, contact Katie Hamilton at 206.298.1217 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orthopedist David Altchek performed the surgery.
Moyer, who turned 48 this month, went 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA in 19 starts this season before injuring his elbow during a July 20 start in St. Louis. Moyer, who is a free agent, rehabbed the elbow with his eye on competing for a job somewhere in Spring Training. But those plans derailed this month when he injured his elbow again during his third Winter Ball start.
Moyer’s public relations firm said Moyer is “keeping the door open for a return to the mound.”
“Thanks to the advances in surgery many pitchers have made successful returns to the mound after undergoing surgery similar to mine,” Moyer said in a statement. “I look forward to the challenge of making a comeback for the 2012 season. I love this game and I still believe I can be a successful pitcher in the big leagues. Prior to the injury I was feeling great and throwing well. I want to thank everyone for the kind words and good wishes.”
Looking for a holiday gift(s)? The 4th annual Philadelphia Sports Book Signing Extravaganza is Friday from 7-10pm at Barnes & Noble, The Court @ Oxford Valley Mall, 210 Commerce Blvd., Fairless Hills, Pa. Ray Didinger, Anthony Gargano, Glen Macnow, Jayson Stark, Randy Miller, Greg Cosell, Reuben Frank, Mark Eckel and myself will be on hand to sign copies of our books and talk sports.
I’m also signing books from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Majestic Clubhouse Store at Citizens Bank Park. So if you can’t get to Barnes & Noble on Friday night, try the ballpark on Saturday. Thanks!
Jamie Moyer wants one more shot.
He announced on The Moyer Foundation’s Facebook page yesterday he plans to have surgery on his left elbow, which he injured in July with the Phillies and injured again this month pitching in Winter Ball. It is believed he is having Tommy John surgery tomorrow, which would give him the opportunity to try pitching again in 2012.
“We are cautiously optimistic superman will make a comeback!” he and his wife wrote on the page.
Moyer turned 48 on Nov. 18, so he would be heading into 2012 Spring Training at 49.
It would be an interesting story to watch.
Moyer, who is a free agent, went 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA in 19 starts this season before he injured his elbow during a July 20 start in St. Louis. Moyer rehabbed the elbow with his eye on competing for a job somewhere this upcoming spring. But his plans derailed when he injured his elbow again during his first Winter Ball start.
The decision on Werth hardly comes as a surprise. If he signs with another team as expected – the Phillies have had talks with Scott Boras, but he is expected to find a bigger deal elsewhere – the Phillies will receive two picks: a team’s top available pick (either a first or second-round selection based on their 2010 record) and a sandwich pick between the first and second rounds.
If the Phillies had offered Durbin arbitration and he signed elsewhere, the Phillies would have received a sandwich pick.
It makes complete sense to offer Werth arbitration because there is no downside. If Werth declines arbitration and signs elsewhere they get the picks. If Werth accepts arbitration, which is highly unlikely, they automatically get Werth to return next season on a one-year contract. (The Phillies absolutely would love that to happen.)
The Phillies said today that Moyer and Dobbs, who was eligible for salary arbitration, have become unrestricted free agents. Both players could return in 2011, although it is highly unlikely. The Phillies placed both players on waivers earlier this week to expedite the process for them to become free agents, which is a pretty good sign they don’t plan to bring them back. Once they cleared waivers, each player filed for free agency.
The waiver process also allowed the Phillies to clear two spots on the 40-man roster.
Moyer, who turns 48 next month, finished the season on the disabled list with an injured elbow. He is going to pitch Winter Ball in the Dominican Republic to see if he can pitch and possibly get a contract before Spring Training.
You probably still have your NLCS hangover, but I thought I’d give everybody a quick look at the Phillies’ offseason. They have six potential free agents and three players eligible for salary arbitration.
Here is a look:
- Jayson Werth. The Phillies and Werth are going to say the right things in the coming weeks. The Phillies are going to say they would love to bring back Werth, which is true. And Werth is going to say he wants to come back, which also is true. But the reality is different. The Phillies already have more than $145 million committed to 16 players in 2011, and Werth is going to be one of the top free agents on the market. Ruben Amaro Jr. has said several times the Phillies can’t have a roster full of $15 million-a-year players, which is what Werth could be making soon. Outfielder Jason Bay received a four-year, $66 million contract from the New York Mets last winter. Werth should command more. Bay hit .267 with a .362 on-base percentage and a .493 slugging percentage in the three seasons leading to free agency. Werth hit .279 with a .376 on-base percentage and a .513 slugging percentage the past three seasons. The numbers show Werth is a better hitter than Bay. He also is a better fielder and base runner. And there seems to be little doubt Scott Boras, who is Werth’s agent, will be seeking the big-time deal Werth has waited his entire career for.
- J.C. Romero. The Phillies have a $4.5 million club option on Romero, but it is unlikely to be exercised. The Phillies are expected to rely next season on Antonio Bastardo instead. And while Romero went 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA the last two seasons, he also missed time with injuries and has walked (42) more hitters than he has struck out (42).
They added Kyle Kendrick as the 11th pitcher, kept Domonic Brown and dropped Greg Dobbs.
“It’s great,” Brown said, who went 0 for 1 and scored a run in the NLDS. “I wasn’t sure if I was going to be on the roster, but it has turned into another great experience for me.”
Ruben Amaro Jr. said manager Charlie Manuel made the final decision. He said Manuel felt Brown “would bring a little bit more to the table. It was a tough decision. Charlie ultimately felt like it was the right thing for us to do.”
Brown hit .210 (13 for 62) with three doubles, two home runs and 13 RBIs during the regular season. Dobbs hit .198 (32 for 163) with seven doubles, five home runs and 15 RBIs. Manuel said Brown’s and Dobbs’ offense was equal. He said Brown’s speed was an advantage over Dobbs, although he said Dobbs’ experience and ability to play the infield were important.
Not important enough.
“I thought that maybe my postseason experience and how well I’ve done in the postseason might play a role in it,” Dobbs said. “Being an older veteran, more experienced, more versatile, I thought that would play in my favor. Obviously, it did not.”
It is not official, but the Phillies dropped a couple hints today.
Kyle Kendrick will pitch Friday against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field, which has become a meaningless series since the Phillies clinched their fourth consecutive NL East championship last night. The Phillies have not announced starters for Saturday or Sunday, but it sounds like Halladay will be skipped.
“There’s a real good chance,” Charlie Manuel said.
“He probably won’t start,” Rich Dubee said.
Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt both could pitch a few innings this weekend as a tune-up for the playoffs.
Manuel said the Phillies have chosen to play an eight-day NLDS because it allows them the luxury of pitching only Halladay, Hamels and Oswalt on normal rest through the five-game series. Because the Phillies only need three starters, they might carry fewer pitchers in the first round.
The Phillies would like to give left-handers Antonio Bastardo and Mike Zagurski work this week to see if they can carry two left-handers in the bullpen.
They also suggested left-hander Jamie Moyer, who has not pitched since July because of a left elbow injury, could be ready to pitch in the later rounds of the postseason. But Moyer just started throwing off a mound, and he only has thrown four-seam fastballs, which he does not throw in games. He is a way away from returning.