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.
Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reports that the Orioles and Diamondbacks have agreed in principle to a trade involving outfielder Michael Bourn. The trade is in the process of being finalized. It is not yet known what the Diamondbacks are receiving in return.
Bourn will be the second outfielder the Orioles have acquired on Wednesday, as the club also claimed Drew Stubbs off waivers from the Rangers.
With rosters expanding on Thursday, the Orioles are making a concerted effort to bolster the team’s outfield depth. Both Stubbs and Bourn are eligible for the Orioles’ postseason roster if the club makes it.
Bourn, 33, hit .261/.307/.362 with 21 extra-base hits, 30 RBI, 43 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 358 plate appearances.
The Orioles have claimed outfielder Drew Stubbs off release waivers from the Rangers, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The club designated for assignment pitcher Kyle Lobstein, whom they acquired from the Pirates earlier on Wednesday, to make roster space for Stubbs, Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
The Rangers designated Stubbs for assignment last week. After clearing waivers, Stubbs refused an assignment to Triple-A Round Rock, so the Rangers released him on Monday.
Stubbs, 31, has taken only 67 plate appearances this season — 42 with the Braves, 25 with the Rangers — as he missed a lot of time between mid-May and mid-August with a sprained left toe.
With rosters expanding, the veteran Stubbs will simply add to the Orioles’ outfield depth.