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.