Pitchers in their 40s who throw in the mid-80s do not last very long if they worry about the big picture. So, as Jamie Moyer stood in front of his locker yesterday, he seemed determined to block out the speculation surrounding the elbow strain that has cast his baseball future into doubt.
There are more tests to be done, he said, to determine the severity of the strain in his flexor tendon and the sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament suffered Tuesday. Surgery, he added, is not yet a reality.
Pitching again this season is his No. 1 goal. But then, for a moment, he softened.
“I guess I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about it,” said the 47-year-old lefthander, who was removed from Tuesday’s 7-1 loss in St. Louis after the first inning, “but I haven’t spent a whole lot of time thinking about it because I’m not there yet. Obviously, it’s one of those situations that you don’t want to have happen, but if it happens, it happens. There’s nothing I can do. I can’t turn back and change anything. The injury is the injury. You live with it.
“I really feel like I can look myself in the mirror and know that if that was my last outing, then so be it. I’ve given it my best, and I’ve really enjoyed my career.