Jamie Moyer, who was told his baseball career was over berfore he turned 30 - and then won more than 150 games - may finally have thrown his last pitch.
Ther 48-year-old left-hander was pitching in the Dominican Winter League and had to leave a game this weekend after two innings, his left elbow hurting. It was that same elbow, and that same kind of pain, that cost Moyer most of the 2010 season with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Hoping to rekindle interest, Moyer went to the Dominican, where he pitched for a team whose general manager, Moises Alou, is five years younger than Moyer.
Moyer will fly to Los Angeles to be examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum, but Alou told reporters the injury is career-threatening. If he must walk away after 24 big-league seasons, he'll take with him 267 wins and more than 4,000 innings pitched - this for a man whose fastball never hit 90 mph.
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There has never been a pitcher who won more games with less: a brilliant changeup, pinpoint control and the determination to control his own career. Asked to become a minor league pitching coach at age 29, Moyer instead twice became a 20-game winner with Seattle, where he and wife Karen still make their home.
If Moyer's pitching career is over, it went out on his terms - on a mound, not in some general manager's office. Here's hoping the injury isn't that serious, that somehow Moyer once again dances around reality and pitches another season or two.
No one worked any harder or appreciated his time in baseball more. His biggest talent was his commitment, and he won 267 games with that as much as any changeup.