This shouldn’t come as a big surprise, but Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Jamie Moyer has been given his release by the Blue Jays.
Moyer signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays late last month while the team was dealing with a string of injuries to their starting rotation. However, the 49-year-old southpaw was knocked around for 10 runs on 17 hits (including three homers) over 11 innings in two starts with Triple-A Las Vegas. He was only promised two starts in the minors and the Blue Jays have understandably determined that he wouldn’t be a good option at the major league level.
Moyer deserves a lot of credit for returning from Tommy John surgery to become the oldest pitcher ever to win a game earlier this year as a member of the Rockies, but this may finally be the end of the road for him.
Nationals starter Max Scherzer bunted a ball into his face during batting practice on Tuesday, breaking his nose in the process. He ended up with a gnarly looking shiner around his right eye, making him appear a bit like Terminator. Scherzer still took the ball to start the second game of Wednesday night’s doubleheader against the Phillies.
Despite the injury, Scherzer was incredibly effective, limiting the Phillies to four hits and two walks across seven shutout innings, striking out 10 batters in the process. He might even have had some extra adrenaline going, as he averaged 96.2 MPH on his fastball, his highest average fastball velocity in a game since September 2012, per MLB.com’s Jamal Collier. The Nationals provided Scherzer with just one run of support, coming on a Brian Dozier solo home run off of Jake Arrieta in the second inning, but it was enough.
Wander Suero worked a scoreless top of the eighth with a pair of strikeouts. Victor Robles added a solo homer off of Pat Neshek in the bottom half. Closer Sean Doolittle took over in the ninth, working a 1-2-3 frame to give the Nats their 2-0 victory.
Over his last six starts, Scherzer now has a 0.88 ERA with a 59/8 K/BB ratio across 41 innings. He has gone six innings, struck out at least nine batters, and held the opposition to two or fewer runs in each of those six starts.