Jamie Moyer will make a comeback in 2012 and there’s nothing you can do about it. At least, that’s the 48-year-old’s current mindset.
He underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in early December and is going to miss the entire 2011 season while in recovery mode from the procedure. But he expects to find an invitation to spring training heading into 2012 and he believes that he still has the goods to earn himself a major league roster spot.
The veteran southpaw spoke optimistically to Larry Stone of the Seattle Times on Friday afternoon, just under four weeks removed from major elbow surgery:
“A lot of people have seen signs over the course of my career that I should quit or retire,” Moyer said. “In all honesty, I just don’t feel like I’m ready to give it up. I feel I’m entitled to make my own decision. The baseball people I’ve talked to before and since the surgery, all have been very positive and very supportive.”
Moyer posted a solid 1.10 WHIP and 4.84 ERA over 19 starts for the Phillies in 2010 and held left-handed batters to a .194 batting average. The odds are probably against him making another appearance in the major leagues, but the odds were against him last year and the year before that.
Heck, the odds were against him once he hit age 40.
Not to get all sentimental, but Moyer is in the business of defying the odds.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins say minor league pitcher Yorman Landa has died in Venezuela. He was 22.
The club said in a statement that the Twins are “deeply saddened by the heartbreaking loss.” The team did not say how he died.
Landa pitched in the 2016 season with the Fort Meyers Miracle, going 2-2 with 7 saves and a 3.24 ERA in 41 2/3 innings pitched. His career minor-league ERA was 2.66.
Landa had been on the Twins’ 40-man roster, but was dropped after the season. The organization signed him to a minor-league contract last week.
Landa was signed by the Twins in 2010 as a 16-year old from Santa Teresa, Venezuela.
A report from the Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly suggests that free agent catcher Welington Castillo currently tops the Orioles’ list of potential backstop targets for the 2017 season. With Matt Wieters on the market, the Orioles lack a suitable platoon partner for Caleb Joseph behind the dish, and Connolly adds that the club has been discussing a multi-year deal with Castillo’s representatives since the Winter Meetings.
Castillo batted .264/.322/.423 with the Diamondbacks in 2016, racking up 14 home runs and driving in a career-high 68 RBI in 457 PA. His bat provides much of his upside, and Connolly quoted an anonymous National League scout who believes that the 29-year-old’s defensive profile has fallen short of his potential in recent years.
For better or worse, both the Orioles and Castillo appear far from locking in a deal for 2017. Both the Rays and Braves have expressed interest in the veteran catcher during the past week, while the Orioles are reportedly considering Wieters, Nick Hundley and Chris Iannetta as alternatives behind the plate.