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Moyer Hospitalized with Recurring Symptoms

Jamie Moyer has been hospitalized at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital because of recurring symptoms from his groin surgery in October.

Phillies physician Michael Ciccotti said this evening that Moyer “is in no way seriously ill.”

“He’s very comfortable,” Ciccotti said. “He’s quite fine. He’s walking. He’s eating. He’s completely comfortable and fine. We’re just taking appropriate precautions, and also wanting to do what we can to make sure he’s on track for Spring Training.”

Ciccotti said Moyer started to feel an increase in pain over the weekend, which prompted him to fly to Philadelphia on Tuesday to visit Hahnemann University Hospital, where Bill Meyers performed the surgery Oct. 2.

Moyer stayed the night at Thomas Jefferson, where he is expected to remain, possibly through the weekend for continued evaluation.

“We’re in the midst of evaluting him and treating him for this increase in pain,” Ciccotti said. “He’s getting some tests, an MRI. He’s continuing to exercise as his comfort allows. That’s really where we’re at right now.”

Moyer had been hospitalized with a blood infection Oct. 7, five days following his surgery. He spent three nights in the hospital before being released.

Ciccotti said Moyer’s current symptoms don’t seem to be related to last month’s blood infection, but he hasn’t ruled it out. Moyer has had blood tests as part of his evaulation.

So what could have happened to put Moyer back in the hospital?

“You can restrain that area during the recovery or rehabilitation period,” Ciccotti said. “That’s where the MRI is helpful because it can help us determine if that’s the case and then that’s just a matter of adjusting his rehab and his therapy.”

Ciccotti said Moyer’s rehab following surgery had gone “very well,” and despite his setbacks, he said Moyer still could be ready to participate at the beginning of Spring Training in mid-February.

“The recovery from this surgery is such that normally it’s three months or so,” he said. “He had it in early October. Really, he would be recovered from this surgery sometime in January, well before Spring Training. So having been in the hopsital, and now a few more days in the hospital, that may delay his full recovery, but he’s still on a timeline that would allow him to participate in Spring Training.

“It’s possible it could be a little bit later than [mid-February], but he’s still on the timeline that would allow him to participate in Spring Training with hopefully minimal effects on his early Spring Training participation.”

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Cole Cool with Game 3

Thumbnail image for hamels 0821.jpgIt’s Pedro Martinez in Game 2 of the World Series, which means Cole Hamels will pitch Game 3 on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Charlie Manuel said he wanted to split up his left-handed pitchers against the Yankees, which makes sense. But you’ve also got to think if Hamels were pitching better that he would be pitching Game 2.

Hamels said he is OK with that.

“It’s an honor to pitch. It’s an honor to pitch at home,” Hamels said. “Any time you get to pitch at home, I think it’s great. Especially Game 3. Game 3 is very important. Jamie (Moyer)showed us how important it was last year. That could turn a series. You know what? I think it’s going to be just as important as Game 1 or Game 2 or Game 4 or Game 5. I think this is going to be nice to have the home crowd and no DH. I couldn’t ask for a better scenario.”

Rich Dubee said last week that it seems most of Hamels’ problems have been mental. Maybe he is putting too much pressure on himself. Maybe he has been too concerned with trying to match last season’s postseason numbers.

Hamels went 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in five postseason starts last year. He is 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in three postseason starts this year.

“When you have success early you want to continue it,” he said. “You put a little bit too much pressure on trying to be that guy all the time, instead of just letting it happen. … I’ve never gone through the struggles that I have, but I haven’t had a long career yet. I’ve been able to talk to Pedro and Jamie and Cliff (Lee). They’ve had their ups and downs. It’s how you learn to deal with it. I think they understand when you do great things people expect it to happen. All of a sudden you do kind of get wrapped up in expecting it to happen and it can really throw you off your game. I think it has to a point. I don’t want to make excuses. I haven’t been able to do my job as well as I would like, and it’s something that I’m fighting to be that caliber player that everybody expects me to be. But at the same time, I’m not going to put too much stress on it anymore because I’ve gotten myself in trouble when I try to expect too much.”

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Feeling Better, Moyer Rejoins Teammates


moyer 0513.jpgJamie Moyer
is back at the ballpark with his Phillies teammates.

He spent three nights in the hospital last week with a blood infection following surgery to repair tendons in his left groin and abdomen. He watched Game 1 of the NLDS against the Rockies at the Bank on Oct. 7, five days after he had surgery. That day he started to have back pain and a fever. He checked himself into the hospital and blood tests discovered the infection.

“I feel pretty good now,” he said today before Game 3 of the NLCS. “I started my rehab yesterday. I’m able to walk on the treadmill and do some easy and light leg exercises. Infection or no infection, that’s where I would have started, so I only started a couple days later than expected. I feel like I’m moving forward.  I feel much better.”

But Moyer is not fully recovered. He has a pick line in his right arm, which he must have through next weekend. The line is connected to a device that he carries in a bag around his waist. Think of it as a slightly bigger fanny pack.

“It’s one day at a time at this point,” Moyer said.

MLB.com teammate T.R. Sullivan found this interesting stat about Moyer. He is tied for fifth amongst active pitchers with eight postseason starts. Here is the rest of that list:

  1. Andy Pettitte, 36.
  2. Tom Glavine, 35.
  3. Randy Johnson, 16.
  4. Mike Hampton, 10.
  5. Moyer and Cole Hamels, 8.

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It's Pedro In Game 3

pedro 1.jpgAnd your Game 3 starter is … Pedro Martinez.

Is this a surprise? Not really. Martinez basically said he would be starting following Game 2 yesterday.

“First of all, we think he’s very healthy,” Charlie Manuel said. “The first thing you’re going to ask me is about the weather. He has pitched in cold weather. He pitched in Boston and also pitched a playoff game against us when I was in Cleveland where he came in with a bad arm. He went about five or six innings in a playoff game, and it was cold that night.

“He’s says he’s ready and up for it.”

Manuel said the Phillies will hold back Joe Blanton because it gives them a stronger bullpen. That indicates to me that J.A. Happ, who Manuel said is OK after suffering a bruised left leg yesterday, will be the Game 4 starter. Of course, that could change. I mean, I never thought Manuel would use both Blanton and Happ yesterday.

“We feel like Blanton’s a horse,” Manuel said.

But I have one concern about Martinez, other the fact it’s going to be ridiculously cold tomorrow night and I wonder how he will handle it. He has thrown just four innnings since Sept. 19. Martinez said yesterday his biggest obstacle would be the layoff, not the weather. I agree.

“I feel like Pedro is capable of going anywhere from 85 to 100 pitches,” Manuel said. “And I think he can get you into the sixth or seventh inning if his command is good. … Pedro is in very good shape, a lot better shape than last year. He’s throwing quite a bit better. He keeps himself ready to go. He throws a lot on the side, and he’s ready to pitch.”

If he’s not ready to pitch, the Phillies could be down 2-1 in the best-of-five series facing elimination Sunday. Regardless, with Pedro on the mound Game 3 is an event. I’m looking forward to it.

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Heidi Hamels gave birth to a son, Caleb Michael Hamels, at 9 a.m. this morning. Congrats to Heidi and Cole. No word on when Hamels will rejoin the team.

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Ruben Amaro Jr. said Jamie Moyer has been in the hospital since Wednesday with some type of blood infection. Amaro said Moyer is OK, but could spend another night in the hospital.

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Is Romero Lost for the Season?


Thumbnail image for j.c. romero.jpgCharlie Manuel
and Rich Dubee had hoped to have a handful of relief pitchers to choose from next week when they selected their postseason roster.

Those pitchers are dropping like flies.

We learned Wednesday that Jamie Moyer is lost for the season because of torn tendons in his left groin. Chan Ho Park suffered a setback yesterday when he left an Instructional League game in Clearwater when he felt something in his right hamstring. No word on how serious it is, but Park flew to Philly last night to be examined today. That does not sound good. The Phillies then announced J.C. Romero still has symptoms in his left forearm and is going to seek a second opinion from orthopedist David Altchek sometime this week in New York.

“I haven’t been counting on him (to pitch in the playoffs),” Manuel said of Romero. “I’ve told you guys before, if you’re not healthy or you’re not well … I’ve got to go with the guys I know who are ready to go and ready to pitch.”

If those three are out for the NLDS — and I have to think they are at this point — that leaves the Phillies with a group that includes Clay Condrey, Chad Durbin, Sergio Escalona, Scott Eyre, Kyle Kendrick, Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, Brett MyersTyler Walker and either J.A. Happ or Pedro Martinez.

That is 10 pitchers for eight spots, and three of those pitchers — Eyre, Myers and Condrey — are returning from their own injuries. Romero’s troubles could seal Happ’s fate to the bullpen because the Phillies need a healthy lefty in the bullpen. That would leave seven spots for nine pitchers. Could Escalona be one of them? He threw a scoreless inning last night, but is a rookie with just 11 big-league innings under his belt.

“If it comes down to that I’ll trust him,” Manuel said. “You’ve got to go with what you’ve got. That’s basically what I’ve been doing for five years.”

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Moyer Lost for Season


Thumbnail image for moyer 0513.jpgJamie Moyer
will have season-ending surgery in the next seven to 10 days to repair torn tendons in his left groin.

Phillies doctor Michael Ciccotti said a MRI today revealed two torn tendons in the groin, plus a torn lower abdominal muscle.

“Given the fact that much of what a pitcher generates velocity-wise is from their legs, and given the fact that has he injured two of those adductor tendons and also his lower abdominal muscle, it’s not the type of injury that you can really treat non-operatively to get back and pitch at the level he would want to be pitching at,” Ciccotti said. “It’s really best treated surgically.”

Ciccotti said the goal is to have Moyer ready to pitch by Spring Training. He said 90 to 95 percent of people who have this surgery return to pre-injury level. Of course, Moyer is 46, which could play a factor in his recovery, but Ciccotti sounded optimistic Moyer could recover successfully.

“Jamie has all the qualities you need to get back in terms of focus and dedication to a rehab program,” he said.

Moyer is 12-10 with a 4.94 ERA this season. He was 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA (four earned runs in 18 2/3 innings) in five relief appearances.

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Martinez 1999 or 2009?

pedro 0913.jpgNobody knew what to expect when Pedro Martinez joined the Phillies’ rotation last month, but it is safe to say he has been much, much better than expected.

I said at the time that I thought the Phillies were hoping he simply would be better than Jamie Moyer, whose 5.47 ERA was the second-highest in baseball. If Martinez wasn’t, the Phillies always could release him because they only guaranteed him about $900,000.

His salary has been a bargain to this point. Martinez went a combined 17-15 with a 4.75 ERA the previous three seasons with the Mets. He is 5-0 with a 2.87 ERA in seven starts with the Phillies, and 3-0 with a 1.66 ERA in his last three — despite the fact he had not pitched since last season and had one rehab start and two regular-season starts shortened because of rain. Like Rich Dubee said last week, Martinez has not had a lot of mound time.

But Martinez allowed six hits and two walks and struck out seven in eight scoreless innings last night in a 1-0 victory over the Mets. He threw 130 pitches. It was the first time he had thrown 130 pitches since May 1, 2001. It was just the 21st time he had thrown that many pitches in his career.

Incredible.

I had heard people say they hoped Martinez pitched well with the Phillies because he is good for baseball. I was not completely certain what they meant. Was it because he is one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history? Of course, but I learned it was more than that. He is a rare player who is bigger than the game. He is larger than life. I remember during his press conference after his first start last month at Wrigley Field. Somebody asked him if he could recapture his Cy Young magic and help this team win.

“I’ve been there,” he said. “For this club, what I’m lacking right now, I might give them at the end. Experience. A cold-blooded person that doesn’t matter how big the game is. I’m going to stand right there. And if anybody fails, they can always count on the old goat to go out there and kind of stand up. I might do that.”

You have to be a little bit of a bad a– to say that and mean it. Most players are uber conservative in what they say publicly, which is understandable. They’re superstitious to a degree. They know how quickly things can turn. Martinez knows those things, too. He has struggled, but he remains supremely confident and unafraid to speak from the heart. He believes when he is healthy, he is a cold-blooded killer on the mound. You say stuff like that then back it up? That is why he is good for baseball.

But can he keep it up?

“I know the toughest games are yet to come,” he said that night at Wrigley. “Come September and October, those are the games that I’m really setting my mind for.”

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Lidge No Longer Lights Out to Close


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Charlie Manuel
sounded a little like Herm Edwards this afternoon at Nationals Park.

We play to win the game.

Brad Lidge, who was pulled in the ninth inning in last night’s 5-3 victory over the Nationals after the loaded the bases with one out, said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel told him that he would be closing the next time the situation presented itself. But Manuel said this afternoon that he simply told Lidge that he wasn’t afraid of putting him in there.

“I’ll just go with how I feel,” Manuel said.

So if there is a save situation tonight, tomorrow night or Friday, it’s not iron clad that Lidge, who is 0-7 with a 7.11 ERA and a Major League-leading 10 blown saves, is closing?

“I’m going to sit down sometime along the way and talk to him or whatever,” Manuel said. “I’m getting kind of tired, if you want to know the truth. Really, I am. And the reason is because I figure I can put him in the game when I want to. I’ve been very loyal to him. I’ve stuck with him. I did everything I think possible to get him going. There’s no way I want to ever lie to him and things like that. Like I told you last night, I don’t do that. I don’t have a history of doing that. I don’t do it. But at the same time, we’re going to win the game. Hey, the best way we can win the game. If Brad’s not out there to close, well then I guess that’s going to be my decision. We are going to play to win the game. Our team definitely is not about the one guy, either. I’m sure he feels that way. Really. It’s very important that we get him straight and right. But at the same time we’re going to play to win the game.”

In other words, if there is a save situation in the future, it could be Lidge, it could be Ryan Madson, it could be Brett Myers.

It sounds like closer by committee to me.

“He’s having an off season,” Manuel said of Lidge. “And we’re at the place where we need to win some games. If we’re going to win our division, we need to win some games. These are very important games and we need to win them, and I guess I’m going to pitch who I think on that night can do the job. When he gets in there and he gets consistent, he can take that job right back. I look at him in the future as being the closer for the Phillies. But right now we’re going to try to win games. My first priority is to win the game.

“Let me tell you something. When I managed in Cleveland I’d go get my pitcher whenever I wanted to. I’d go get my closer. I used to take (Bob) Wickman out of games and he used to get mad. I’d take John Rocker out. I didn’t give a damn. Because you know what? We were trying to win the game. The main thing was we win the game. If you don’t want to win the game or anything I can put whoever I want to out there, but I’m going to try to have the best guy on that night out there pitching that I possibly can have.”

Manuel made it clear he isn’t afraid to use who he wants, either.

“I’m the manager. I kind of go with how I feel and what I think,” he said. “I’ll take the responsibility. You can put it all on me. Really. I’ll take that. … I’ll bring anybody in the game, all right? I don’t care. Really. When you get right down to it, you me to tell you the truth? I’m not afraid or nothing like that. That’s no big deal. He might be in there tonight. He might be. He might not.”

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Scott Eyre returned to Philadelphia to see a doctor tomorrow. He has soreness in his left elbow. … Clay Condrey is working out at Citizens Bank Park, and could make a rehab appearance for Double-A Reading. … Jamie Moyer will pitch Saturday against the Mets. Pedro Martinez will pitch Sunday, likely in the second game of a doubleheader. Manuel said Kyle Kendrick likely would pitch the opener Sunday.

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Two Old Goats, One Happy, One Sad


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martinez 0818.jpgPedro Martinez
sounded like a man who had just thrown his first shutout since 2005, while Jamie Moyer sounded like a man who is still upset about his demotion to the bullpen.

They combined to allow just four hits and one run in last night’s 5-1 victory over the Diamondbacks. Martinez pitched three innings, retiring the final eight batters he faced. His night ended early because a severe thunderstorm hit Citizens Bank Park. Moyer, who lost his job to Martinez in the rotation, took his place. He allowed just two hits in six scoreless innings to get the win.

“You never know what you’ll get when you put two old goats out there,” Martinez said with a smile. “It’s a scary combination. You’re not going to see that very often. You might as well enjoy it. I enjoyed it.

“See? See what you get? Two for the price of one.”

Moyer was not nearly in as good a mood when he spoke with reporters, although he said he did not pitch with a chip on his shoulder.

“No, I pitched to get to the end of the game to save the bullpen,” he said.

Moyer has been upset since the Phillies told him that Martinez would take his place in the rotation. He told reporters last week in Chicago that he felt disheartened and misled because of conversations he had with the Phillies during contract negotiations. Asked last night if the past week has been emotional for him, he said he just wanted to talk about the game. Asked if he knows when he could pitch next, he said he just wanted to talk about the game. He later snapped when a reporter asked where he spent his time during the rain delay. (Answers to questions like that help reporters paint a picture where a person was in the moments leading up to a particularly noteworthy performance.)

“I didn’t know what to expect,” Moyer said. “Just go out and pitch. Try to pitch the way I’m capable of pitching and rely on my defense.”

Moyer still seems plenty steamed about his demotion.

The bad news for Moyer is that he will remain in the bullpen for the foreseeable future. But the good news is that he is pitching on a team with a chance to win a second World Series, and he’s going to be making $6.5 million this season and next no matter what happens. Whether that’s enough to improve his mood in time remains to be seen.

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Charlie Manuel and Ruben Amaro Jr. talk about Brad Lidge‘s struggles. Amaro also did not sound particularly optimistic they would make a move before the Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline.

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It's Pedro Night

pedro 0809.jpgIt’s Pedro Night at Wrigley Field.

I’m looking forward to finally seeing the man pitch. I mean, I’ve seen Pedro Martinez pitch before. But I’m curious to see what he brings after not being in the big leagues since September.

Martinez has been an entertaining character since his arrival last month, so if he pitches well it could be fun.

“I might surprise you. I might not,” Martinez said during his introductory news conference at Citizens Bank Park. “But it’s going to be fun. It’s going to be really fun to go out and find out.”

Predictions?

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Lots of discussion about Jamie Moyer‘s comments yesterday. I understand his point of view, and I also understand the Phillies’ point of view.

If I’m Moyer I’m looking at it like this: I’ve won a team-high 10 games this season. I’ve won a team-high 40 games since the beginning of the 2007 season. I’ve got a 4.40 ERA in my last 15 starts, which is better than Cole Hamels. My team is in first place. I have not pitched poorly enough in my last 15 starts to warrant a demotion to the bullpen.

If I’m the Phillies I’m looking at it like this: Moyer signed a two-year, $13 million contract to be a starter, but circumstances change. The goal is to make the playoffs and win the World Series. The Phillies owe it to themselves to put the best team on the field, and while Moyer has pitched better since May, he also has been too inconsistent. Martinez is here, and they should see if he gives them a better chance of winning the World Series. 

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Brad Lidge‘s struggles continue. A leadoff walk last night in the ninth leads to his Major League-leading seventh blown save of the season.

It was Lidge’s first blown save since June 6. He is 0-4 with a 7.29 ERA, which is the highest ERA of any reliever in baseball. His 75 percent saves completion percentage is the third-worst in the Majors.

The theory early in the season is that inflammation in Lidge’s right knee caused him problems. He was 0-3 with a 7.29 ERA and 13 saves in 19 opportunities before he went on the 15-day disabled list in June. Opponents had hit .306 against him. Lidge is 8-for-9 in save opportunities since he returned from the DL. But he also is 0-1 with a 7.31 ERA, and opponents have hit .276 against him.

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