Jamie Moyer will make a comeback in 2012 and there’s nothing you can do about it. At least, that’s the 48-year-old’s current mindset.
He underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in early December and is going to miss the entire 2011 season while in recovery mode from the procedure. But he expects to find an invitation to spring training heading into 2012 and he believes that he still has the goods to earn himself a major league roster spot.
The veteran southpaw spoke optimistically to Larry Stone of the Seattle Times on Friday afternoon, just under four weeks removed from major elbow surgery:
“A lot of people have seen signs over the course of my career that I should quit or retire,” Moyer said. “In all honesty, I just don’t feel like I’m ready to give it up. I feel I’m entitled to make my own decision. The baseball people I’ve talked to before and since the surgery, all have been very positive and very supportive.”
Moyer posted a solid 1.10 WHIP and 4.84 ERA over 19 starts for the Phillies in 2010 and held left-handed batters to a .194 batting average. The odds are probably against him making another appearance in the major leagues, but the odds were against him last year and the year before that.
Heck, the odds were against him once he hit age 40.
Not to get all sentimental, but Moyer is in the business of defying the odds.
Update, 7:49 PM ET: The Nationals placed Howie Kendrick on the 10-day disabled list with a right Achilles injury. In a corresponding move, right-hander Jefry Rodriguez was recalled from Double-A Potomac.
Nationals left fielder Howie Kendrick was removed from the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Dodgers after injuring his right leg. In the eighth inning, Kendrick tracked a Max Muncy sac fly to the wall, but landed strangely on his right leg and fell to the ground. Unable to put weight on it, he was forced to exit the field on a cart and was sent to undergo an MRI soon afterward, the results of which have yet to be revealed.
While the Nationals have not specified the nature or severity of Kendrick’s injury, Martinez revealed that it’s located in the “lower part” of the outfielder’s leg and appears to be quite severe. He’ll likely be placed on the 10-day disabled list in the next couple of days, though the recovery process could take even longer.
Prior to the incident, Kendrick was off to a hot start this season. Entering Saturday’s doubleheader, he carried a batting line of .302/.331/.477 with 18 extra-base hits and an .808 OPS in 157 plate appearances. He went 1-for-3 on Saturday with a base hit in the seventh inning. Andrew Stevenson subbed in for Kendrick following the injury and has been tabbed to start in left field for the second game of the doubleheader at 8:05 PM ET.