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Moyer's career could be in jeopardy

ST. LOUIS -- For 25 years, Jamie Moyer has defied all odds. He's soft-tossed his way into record books, pitching well beyond any expectations ever set.

At age 47, his incredible major-league career could be in serious jeopardy.

Moyer will go to the disabled list with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament and strained flexor pronator tendon in his left elbow. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. would only say Moyer will miss a significant amount of time.

Amaro disclosed that Moyer had been pitching with pain in his elbow recently. On Tuesday, Moyer was asked if the injury was suffered before his start and declined to answer.

"He had some discomfort in his elbow earlier," Amaro said. "It got to the point where it became a real issue for him."

The lefthander had an MRI Thursday that revealed the injuries. He will have more testing done to determine the severity of the injuries. Surgery could be needed to repair the ligaments and tendons.

If the sprain in Moyer's ulnar collateral ligament is severe enough, he would require Tommy John surgery. At age 47, it's not a stretch to consider Moyer declining the surgery and calling it quits.

But Moyer had two surgeries this past off-season and returned to full health before opening day to earn a spot in the Phillies' rotation. The difference then was the injuries weren't to his pitching elbow.

"He's going to be out quite some time," Amaro said.


If the Phillies are to make a trade for pitching, it likely will not happen before this weekend.

Kyle Kendrick and J.A. Happ will be recalled from the minors to make starts against Colorado on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Amaro, when asked if he has any trades in the works, declined to comment.

"I'm not going to get into that," he said.

Read more in Friday's Inquirer.