Talking to former Mariners the past few days produced a snippet of news – Jamie Moyer insists he’s going to pitch again.
Sidelined the second half of last season by an elbow injury, Moyer went to the Dominican Republic last month to pitch winter ball and show prospective teams that he was healthy. And that 47-year-old left elbow shut him down again.
This week, Moyer had an MRI done in Los Angeles, but today flew to New York for a Today Show appearance to discuss The Moyer Foundation, he and wife Karen’s charity for children. As of Thursday evening, he hadn’t heard about the MRI results – and said they didn’t matter.
“My plans are to get healthy and continue pitching,” he said flatly.
What if the injury is worst-case scenario, so much ligament damage he needs Tommy John surgery and a year or rehabilitation?
“That wouldn’t change my plans,” Moyer said.
Moyer’s old catcher, Dan Wilson, said he wouldn’t bet against Moyer pitching again, even at age 50.
“He learned to get outs throwing 70 miles an hour, he could learn to get outs at 60 miles an hour,” Wilson said.
Edgar Martinez was standing beside Wilson. If Moyer pitched at age 50, would Martinez consider coming out of reirement to face him? Edgar made twin circles with his thumbs and pointer fingers, then held those circles to his eyes.
“They don’t make glasses strong enough for me to see the ball,” he said.