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.
The Rays started Sergio Romo on back-to-back days and if that sounds weird to you, you’re not alone. Romo, of course, was the star closer for the Giants for a while, helping them win the World Series in 2012 and ’14. He’s been a full-time reliever dating back to 2006, when he was at Single-A.
In an effort to prevent lefty Ryan Yarbrough from facing the righty-heavy top of the Angels’ lineup (Zack Cozart, Mike Trout, Justin Upton), Romo started Saturday’s game, pitching the first inning before giving way to Yarbrough in the second. Romo struck out the side, in fact. The Rays went on to win 5-3.
The Rays did it again on Sunday afternoon, starting Romo. This time, he got four outs before giving way to Matt Andriese. Romo walked two without giving up a hit while striking out three. The Angels managed to win 5-2 however.
Despite Sunday’s win, Cozart wasn’t a happy camper with the way the Rays used Romo. Via Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic, Cozart said, “It was weird … It’s bad for baseball, in my opinion … It’s spring training. That’s the best way to explain it.”
It’s difficult to see merit in Cozart’s argument. It’s not like the Rays were making excessive amounts of pitching changes; they used five on Saturday and four on Sunday. The games lasted three hours and three hours, 15 minutes, respectively. The average game time is exactly three hours so far this season. I’m having trouble wondering how else Cozart might mean the strategy is bad for baseball.
It seems like the real issue is that Cozart is afraid of the sport changing around him. The Rays, like most small market teams, have to find their edges in slight ways. The Rays aren’t doing this blindly; the strategy makes sense based on their opponents’ starting lineup. The idea of valuing on-base percentage was scoffed at. Shifting was scoffed at and now every team employs them to some degree. Who knows if starting a reliever for the first three or four outs will become a trend, but it’s shortsighted to write it off at first glance.