Jamie Moyer's hopes of pitching a 25th season in the major leagues have been dealt a considerable blow. The veteran lefty, who turned 48 on Nov. 18, will undergo elbow surgery on Wednesday and could miss at least a year.

Moyer will undergo ulnar collateral replacement surgery, commonly known as Tommy John surgery, a spokesman who works for the pitcher said yesterday.

A typical recovery from the procedure lasts between 12 and 18 months, meaning Moyer appears to have little shot at pitching next season. But he apparently wants to pitch again: John Maroon, whose public relations agency works with Moyer, said the pitcher is not considering retirement. And Moyer and his wife posted a note on their charitable foundation's Facebook page expressing hope for a comeback.

"It's official - Jamie is having surgery Wednesday and we are cautiously optimistic superman will make a comeback!," he and his wife wrote on the Facebook page for the Moyer Foundation, the veteran lefty's charitable organization dedicated to helping grieving children.