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.

Blue Jays release John Axford

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The Blue Jays have released right-handed reliever John Axford from his minor league contract, per an announcement on Saturday. Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi speculates that the move could provide an avenue for the club to rework Axford’s contract, but the Blue Jays have yet to confirm or deny the report.

Axford, 35, was dealt a blow on Thursday after getting diagnosed with a stress reaction in the olecranon bone of his right elbow. Elbow soreness dogged the right-hander through much of his time in camp, and although he was scheduled for a follow-up examination later this spring, a definite return date had not been established.

Prior to the diagnosis, Axford was tabbed for a setup role with the team in 2019. He pitched to mixed results in 2018 (thanks in part to a late-season fracture of his right fibula) with a 5.27 ERA, 4.9 BB/9, and 9.8 SO/9 through 54 2/3 innings with the Blue Jays and Dodgers. Now, however, it’s not certain that he’ll return to the mound this season in any capacity.

Axford isn’t the only reliever the Blue Jays have lost to injury lately, either, as right-handers Ryan Tepera and Bud Norris have been sidelined with right elbow inflammation and forearm fatigue, respectively. Per Davidi, the Blue Jays offered Norris a $100,000 retention bonus to prevent him from opting out of the minor league contract he signed in February.