Phils' Moyer undergoes minor surgery

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moyer small.jpgJamie Moyer is doing well after undergoing minor surgery on Friday.
Moyer checked into Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia
on Tuesday with recurring symptoms from a sports hernia surgery in
October. After an MRI
showed a small blood collection that may have been infected, Moyer
underwent a procedure to wash out the collection on Friday.




“Jamie is doing very well,” Phillies physician Michael Ciccotti said in
a statement. “The surgery is not likely to impact his rehab schedule
and is likely to have minimal impact on his spring training schedule.”




This was the second such setback following surgery. Cue the old man jokes, but as of now, Moyer should
be ready for the start of spring training. The 47-year-old southpaw has
one year and $8 million remaining on his current contract with the
Phillies.

Astros release Jon Singleton

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The Astros have released first baseman Jon Singleton, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Singleton, 26, was suspended for 100 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse for a third time. He has had issues with marijuana in the post and admitted to being a drug addict several years ago. He said, “At this point it’s pretty evident to me that I’m a drug addict. I don’t openly tell everyone that, but it’s pretty apparent to myself. I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I enjoy being high and I can’t block that out of my mind that I enjoy that. So I have to work against that.”

Singleton played parts of two seasons in the majors in 2014-15 with the Astros, batting a combined .171/.290/.331 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI in — appropriately — 420 plate appearances. He spent 2016 with Triple-A Fresno and 2017 with Double-A Corpus Christi, putting up middling numbers.

If he can convince teams he’s still actively working to overcome his addiction, Singleton may be able to find an opportunity elsewhere. But his road back to the majors remains long. He was once a top prospect in the Phillies’ system, then was traded to the Astros in the Hunter Pence deal back in July 2011.