The Phillies have already made it known that they have little desire to re-sign veteran lefty Jamie Moyer this offseason. But it might not matter anyway.
According to Dionisio Soldevila of Tiempo de Juego, Moyer suffered an injury to his throwing elbow while pitching Saturday in the Dominican Winter League. It’s the same injury that cost him half of the 2010 season and now it might cost him his career.
Moyer had a nice 4.84 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 19 starts this past season for Philadelphia, but he will turn 48 later this month and he might not be back to full health by the start of spring training. Even if he is, there’s a good chance that his elbow will blow out again in 2011 and few MLB teams will want to risk a guaranteed contract on the veteran.
If Moyer truly wants to continue pitching, a minor league deal with no guaranteed roster spot might make sense. He currently boasts a 267-204 career win-loss record, 2,405 career strikeouts and a 4.24 career ERA.
With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.
Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.
The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.
Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.