Catcher Adam Moore, whose career has been sidetracked by injury, has been sidelined again – a broken right wrist that will cost him much or all of spring training.
Moore, who turns 28 next month, broke camp with Seattle last year and, in his second game of the season, tore meniscus in his right knee and missed the rest of 2011. Now, coming to camp fourth on the 2012 depth chart – behind Miguel Olivo, John Jaso and Jesus Montero – Moore had shown flashes of what made him the one-time future of the organization behind the plate.
Whatever chance Moore had of making the club, and three catchers will almost certainly do so, ended when a foul ball caught him on the wrist Tuesday.
Moore’s injury history cost him more than just last season. In 2010 he was placed on the disabled list in May with a sublexed left fibula, an injury that cost him months of rehabilitation. That year he wound up appearing in 60 games, batting .195.
A career .303 hitter in 448 minor league games, Moore has played just 68 games in the big leagues and now has a .197 lifetime average. This spring, he was hitting – and hitting with power – trying to re-establish his career.
It appears now he’ll be headed for Tacoma and another stretch of minor league play, once he’s healthy enough to handle work behind the plate again.