After opening the season 0-2, Jamie Moyer was able to shut down the Padres on Tuesday and pick up his first victory, making him the oldest player in MLB history to win a game.
At 49 years, 150 days, Moyer overtook Jack Quinn, whose last win came at 49 years, 70 days.
Facing a struggling San Diego offense, Moyer allowed just a pair of unearned runs over seven innings in what ended up being a 5-3 Rockies victory. He struck out one and walked two before departing following his 87th pitch.
The win was Moyer 268th all-time, but his first since June 27, 2010. He missed last season following Tommy John surgery.
Moyer won his first game June 16, 1986, beating the Phillies while pitching for the Cubs. San Diego’s opposing starter tonight, Anthony Bass, was born more than a year later on Nov. 1, 1987.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.
Reds reliever Raisel Iglesias hasn’t appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 14 and now we know why. He injured his right elbow and both hips falling in the shower three weeks ago, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. He has had anti-inflammatory shots applied in both areas and he’ll be be shut down from pitching for a few more days.
Iglesias might not be ready for Opening Day, according to manager Bryan Price. Iglesias, however, thinks otherwise. He said, “I’m going to be OK. I’m probably going to throw one bullpen, and after that, mentally and physically, I’ll be ready to join the season and compete.”
Price said throughout the offseason that he intended to pick his closer according to the matchups rather than naming one official closer. As a result, this injury likely doesn’t change much except that Michael Lorenzen, Drew Storen, and Tony Cingrani may get a few more early season save chances if Iglesias doesn’t start the season on time.
Iglesias, 27, finished last season with a 2.53 ERA and an 83/26 K/BB ratio in 78 1/3 innings across five starts and 32 relief appearances.