Nov 302010
Phillies LHP Jamie Moyer

Phillies LHP Jamie Moyer

November 30:

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Moyer plans elbow surgery but not retirement

November 30 Philadelphia Daily News:

Jamie Moyer’s hopes of pitching a 25th season in the major leagues have been dealt a considerable blow. The 48-year-old free agent, who has been a Phillie since 2006, tomorrow will undergo elbow surgery that is expected to sideline him at least a year.

Moyer will undergo ulnar collateral reconstruction, commonly known as Tommy John surgery, a spokesman for the pitcher said yesterday.

A typical recovery from the procedure lasts from 12 to 18 months, meaning Moyer appears to have little shot at pitching next season.

But he apparently wants to pitch again. John Maroon, whose public relations agency works with Moyer, said the lefthander is not considering retirement. And Moyer and his wife posted a note on Facebook expressing hope for a comeback.

“It’s official – Jamie is having surgery Wednesday and we are cautiously optimistic superman will make a comeback!” he and his wife wrote on the Facebook page for the Moyer Foundation, his charitable organization dedicated to helping grieving children.”

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With Domonic Brown down, Werth making an offer to Jayson

November 30 Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bill Conlin:

“When Jayson Werth hired agent-to-the-stars Scott Boras last summer, one thing was a virtual given.

If the Phillies‘ rightfielder and only righthand-hitting power bat walked into free agency to pursue a Jason Bay contract – heavy and long – it would not be a matter of deep organizational concern.

Be of cheer, Domonic Brown will soon be here . . .

Maybe if the 6-5 rightfielder with the five-tool scouting report had not been with the varsity so long this year, none of his weaknesses would have been exposed. He was having a stellar season in Triple A after being promoted from Reading. Dom the Mon was hitting for average and power, .327 with 20 homers at two levels. He was stealing bases and showing off that rocket-launcher arm.

Brown was called up July 28 after Shane Victorino went on the DL. With Werth moving to center, he played 15 games in right. The kid made one memorable throw and many more that were not. His routes were inconsistent. He was a work in progress.

Dom Brown needed to resume his minor league education with the Iron Pigs. Instead, inexplicably, he finished the season here and was on the postseason roster – ostensibly for his speed. He was 0-for-3 as a pinch-hitter and scored one run as a pinch-runner. In other words, he was an ornament.

Brown didn’t need to be here all that time collecting cobwebs and attaching a .210 average to his previously solid resume. He didn’t need to expose flaws that could have been quietly corrected in a minor league setting. He didn’t need to learn that his sky-diver-hooking-onto-the-jump-cable stance would be an invitation to major league pitchers to pound him up and in while denying him the down-and-in fastballs he was trolling for.

Well, Dom went to Santo Domingo Nov. 15 to play for the defending Dominican Winter League champion Leones del Escogido. Manager Ken Oberkfell had also led a beefed-up version of the Leones to the prestigious Caribbean Series title.

But Dom was too rusty to play when he arrived on the 15th and didn’t make his first start until the 19th.

Oberkfell batted him in the No. 3 hole, befitting of a player rated the game’s No. 1 prospect after both Braves prodigy Jason Heyward and Marlins slugger Mike Stanton were promoted to the majors.

By last Sunday, Brown was 1-for-19 and had been dropped to the No. 7 hole. Batting No. 6 was veteran Mets utility infielder Fernando Tatis, who carried a .152 average out of a game between the second-place Leones and third-place Estrellas de Oriente. So with a base open and the game on the line, the .152 hitter was intentionally walked so the Oriente could pitch to Brown. Another 0-for-4 left the rightfielder at 1-for-23, .043, with an OPS of .207.

The DWL is not a development league. The ballclubs there are not looking for gringos coming to work on a weakness. This is the league where manager Jose Offerman was banned for life last winter for decking an umpire. Intensity? Go on YouTube and search “Aguilas vs. Licey.” Makes a game at The Bank sound like a church service.

So maybe Dom was sent there to toughen up. Trouble is bat sub .100 long enough there and you’re guaranteed a flight to Miami out of Las Americas International.”

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