Jamie Moyer tore three tendons on one play last night and he is now done for the season:
When Jamie Moyer limped off the mound and was assisted to the dugout by catcher Paul Bako during Tuesday night’s game against Houston, it was the last Phillies fans would see of him this season. The 46-year-old lefthander suffered two torn tendons in his groin area
and another near a lower abdominal muscle, the team said. The injuries
all occurred on the left side. He will undergo surgery within the next
two weeks, according to team physician Michael Ciccotti, before beginning a rehabilitation program that could have him ready for next season’s spring training.
I’d note the “could” there, because I can’t help but think that which is considered normal rehab for a ballplayer is not necessarily normal for a 46 year-old. Still, Moyer has 13 million reasons to do whatever he can to at least look like he can pitch next year.
The kicker about this is that, despite his trouble as a starter this year, and despite his displeasure at getting kicked from the rotation for Pedro, Moyer was 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in five appearances out of the bullpen. No, he probably didn’t stand to be a late game assassin during the playoffs, but with the way Philly’s pen has been stinkin’ it up, he certainly could have proved useful.
Royals’ right-hander Yordano Ventura was pulled in the fifth inning of Saturday’s matinee against the Tigers with an apparent injury. After throwing four pitches to start the fifth and serving up a Justin Upton double, Ventura was visited on the mound by head trainer Nick Kenney. Per Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star, he’s day-to-day with back spasms and lower back tightness.
It’s just another bump in the road for the defending champions, who currently sit 6.5 games back of a postseason spot with seven left to play. Through 176 innings in 2016, Ventura posted a 4.35 ERA and 1.2 fWAR, a considerable downgrade from the 4.08 ERA and 2.7 fWAR he contributed during last season’s championship year despite a moderate bounce-back in the second half.
Prior to his early exit from Saturday’s game, Ventura went four innings for the Royals, giving up three runs on 10 hits and two walks and striking out six of 24 batters faced.
If you’re looking to rep the red and royal blue this October, you best get your gear inside the ballpark. According to Lauren Zumbach of the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs have sought a court order that would allow them to seize unauthorized merchandise being hawked outside of Wrigley Field. That includes shirts with taglines like “Just One Before I Die” and apparel depicting a blue flag with a white “W.”
[The Cubs] received a trademark for “W” flags, but a trademark for use on apparel is pending. Deeming a letter of the alphabet worthy of a trademark might seem like a stretch, but around Wrigley, everyone knows what that particular W in that particular color combination means, [intellectual property attorney Douglas Masters] said.
While seven vendors have been named in the suit, the Cubs have a list of 30 more whom they suspect of trademark infringement, including retailers who primarily operate online.
Back in 2013, the Cubs ran into a similar issue when a fan dressed as alternative mascot Billy the Cub and made multiple appearances on game days outside the park. After six years in the role, Billy the Cub was ordered to cease and desist his ballpark activities by the team.
This time, however, Billy’s tip jar pales in comparison to the revenue unauthorized sellers stand to reap over the next two months. With the playoffs just around the corner and playoff merchandise sales in full swing, quashing the competition (both on the field and off) will be top priority in weeks to come.
The club’s full complaint can be found here.