Jamie Moyer won't need surgery, but will miss rest of season

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The good news is that a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum has confirmed that Jamie Moyer does not need surgery to repair a sprained ulnar collateral ligament and strained tendon in his left elbow.
The bad news is that for a 47-year-old pitcher an arm injury obviously doesn’t need to require surgery in order to be career-ending.
Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Moyer “acknowledged Thursday his chances of pitching again in 2010 are almost zero” but “still hopes to be back in 2011.” He also indicated that age probably played a factor in Yocum’s recommendation, because even a successful surgery and setback-free rehab would have left Moyer trying to make an unlikely comeback at age 49.
So now Moyer will “rehab diligently and give it time to heal” with an eye toward being ready for spring training. It may not be with Philadelphia, however, because Moyer is an impending free agent finishing up a two-year, $13 million deal and the Phillies may not want to commit to more than a minor-league contract for 2011.

Alex Wood to try pitching out of the stretch

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Pedro Moura of The Athletic reports that Dodgers starter Alex Wood plans to pitch out of the stretch throughout the 2018 season. Wood got the idea when he watched Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg pitch against the Dodgers.

Wood, 27, finished last season 16-3 with a 2.72 ERA and a 151/38 K/BB ratio in 152 1/3 innings. That’s a mighty fine season, one in which many pitchers would not dare to mess with something that isn’t broken.

Interestingly, Wood indeed has had better results with runners on base — when he would pitch out of the stretch — as opposed to the bases being empty, with a respective OPS allowed of .523 versus .684, respectively. Over his career, he has allowed a .617 OPS with runners on and .706 with the bases empty.

In response to Moura’s tweet about Wood, retired pitchers Dan Haren and Jered Weaver took the opportunity to burn themselves. Haren tweeted, “I pitched a few seasons completely out of the stretch actually, just not by choice.” Weaver responded, “Sometimes I would just step off and throw the ball in the gap myself because I knew the hitter would do it anyways.”