MLB Spring Training 2012: Jamie Moyer Struggles for 1st Time This Spring
Jamie Moyer's attempted comeback following Tommy John Surgery at age 49 has been well-documented.
He's deserved every bit of the credit, as his first three Cactus League starts were spectacular. The highlight of his spring has been a 45-pitch, four perfect inning performance against the Giants last week.
On Wednesday against the White Sox, though, Moyer experienced his first bad outing of the spring.
In four innings, Moyer allowed three runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out four. All three runs crossed the plate in the first two innings.
Moyer saw the game as a victory despite the tough outing, as he was able to labor his way through 89 pitches.
After the game, he was quoted as saying, "It's not that I want games like that, but I know I'm going to have them. So to get acclimated to that for me is a plus."
Throughout the course of his career—one that's spanned four decades—Moyer has been known for his resourcefulness and his ability to keep his team in games.
He showed off both on Wednesday, further helping his cause for a spot in the Rockies' rotation.
Even with the rough outing, the Rockies only trailed 3-2 when he left the game. They later came back with a six-run sixth inning to win the game 8-5.
Following the game on Wednesday, Moyer's Cactus League ERA currently sits at 2.77.
Tyler Chatwood, 22, is Moyer's main competitor for a spot in the rotation, but Moyer's experience figures to give him the advantage. Chatwood could benefit from more time in the minors, but could also contribute to the team as the long man out of the bullpen.
Age is but a number to Moyers, and he's proving that now as his resurgence continues.
Fans will have to just keep checking in to see how this situation plays out.
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