What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
If nothing else, Jamie Moyer is a pragmatist.
Moyer left his last start Tuesday in St. Louis when he strained his left elbow after making a pitch. He returned to Philadelphia on Wednesday to be examined by team medical personnel. Moyer stood at his locker Friday afternoon, speaking to reporters of pitching again, not retirement. Today, what is suspected to be a strain of Moyer’s flexor pronator muscle and a sprain in his ulnar collateral ligament is likely going to send the Philadelphia left-hander to the disabled list with no timetable for a return.
Faced with the possibility of a career-ending elbow injury, the 47-year-old left-hander said he owes it to himself to try everything to return to the mound this season.
“That’s my goal,” he said. “But without a full diagnosis—I think that’s only fair—but the competitor in myself, I want to pitch. If my arm doesn’t allow that to happen, it’s not going to happen. I believe I’m going to make some sort of a, I don’t want to say comeback, but I’m going to make some sort of attempt to get back out there.”
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that Dubsism is your home of the Jamie Moyer for the Hall of Fame Campaign. While we know that Moyer’s induction into Cooperstown is a bit of a long-shot, there is no denying that his career numbers put his name next to many baseball immortals. Moyer has made 686 appearances in a 24-season big-league career, starting 628 games and winning 267 since his major league debut on June 16, 1986. Moyer was every bit an effective pitcher for the Phillies in his 24th season. Regardless of how the story ends, Moyer has been an effective pitcher in the other 23 as well. Moyer has pitched long enough that major advances in treating sports injuries has progressed well beyond the medical standards of the day when Moyer first came to the bigs.
But while Moyer prefers not to think about the inevitable end to a storied run, he knows eventually the day is coming when he will to walk away from the game.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about it, but I haven’t spent a whole lot of time thinking about it, because I’m not there yet,” he said, holding back tears. “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 about it. I can’t turn back and change anything. I feel like I can look myself in the mirror and know that if that was my last outing, so be it. I’ve given it my best and I enjoyed my career. At this point, I’m not looking at it as that being the case. I’m still under contract, so I feel obligated to make every effort to allow this to heal and give myself that chance to pitch. When it’s over, it’s over.”
We here at Dubsism wish you all the best Jamie Moyer. We have every that we have not made our last update to the Moyer-o-Meter.