Monthly Archives: September 2009
PHILADELPHIA—This just in. Jamie Moyer’s MRI results have come in and they don’t show good news for the Phillies.
The MRI shows tears in three tendons—two in his groin and one in his lower abdomen.
He will not pitch again in 2009.
Recovery time is reportedly 10 months, but Moyer is expected to be ready for the start of Phillies’ spring training in February.
According to team physician Michael Ciccotti, Jamie Moyer will have a surgery to repair the tendons in the next seven to ten days. According to Ciccotti, 90-95% of players who undergo the surgery return to the Major Leagues.
“Given the fact that much of what a pitcher generates velocity-wise is from their legs, and given the fact that has he injured two of those adductor tendons and also his lower abdominal muscle, it’s not the type of injury that you can really treat non-operatively to get back and pitch at the level he would want to be pitching at,” Ciccotti said. “It’s really best treated surgically.”
According to Ciccotti, 90-95% of players who undergo the surgery return to the Major Leagues, however you must factor Moyer’s age into the equation. Given that he is 46, his chances to return to the big league level are clearly slimmer than a young player.
Ciccotti doesn’t seem worried. “Jamie has all the qualities you need to get back in terms of focus and dedication to a rehab program,” he said. Ciccotti expects he’ll be ready for the spring.
Obviously there’s been an embarrassing lack of content here on Phillie Phanatics in the last three months. At this point it’s not fair to you to post only every now and then. I’m at a personal crossroads with the blog. Either stop it or keep up with it.
Due to having a real job, I have been working prime time and haven’t been able to find spare time for this. But, I am now working normal hours and will hopefully be able to take this blog strongly through the season.
So here’s the plan, anyway:
From now until late September you can expect three to four weekly columns on the site. These will be the same columns that I write as part of my Featured Columnist duties for CBS’s Bleacher Report. Toward the end of the season and through the playoffs you can expect those same three to four columns along with a few more “bloggy” features per week.
Hopefully I haven’t lost my touch and the Phils can provide us with some exciting content to get us back on track.
Thanks for hanging in there with us and please feel free to let me know your thoughts below.