Jamie Moyer Designated for Assignment

Moyer handled the news with class, as expected.

The Rockies designated 49-year-old left-handed pitcher Jamie Moyer for assignment, opening up room on both Colorado's 25 and 40-man rosters. The Rockies have recalled right-handed pitcher Carlos Torres, 29, who made three relief appearances for Colorado already this season. It's likely Torres will take his spot in the rotation. 

Moyer made ten starts with the Rockies this year and oddly fared much better at Coors Field than on the road. Moyer was 2-1 with a 3.72 ERA in 29 innings at home compared to 0-4 with an 8.03 ERA in 24 innings on the road. Overall, Moyer leaves the Rockies (and likely professional baseball) with a 5.70 ERA and 1.73 WHIP in his final year. If he does hang up the old stirrups, it comes not a moment too soon. 

It's almost impossible to evaluate Moyer's comeback properly as earlier in the day Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd admitted he didn't expect Moyer to last until June. He only made ten starts and he only won two games, but to do it all at age 49 and with a fastball in the upper 70's was impressive. 

The Jamie Moyer experiment says more about where the Rockies are than any indictment on Moyer. The Rockies are in a transition year, another thing their G.M. admitted this afternoon. The Rockies pitching is in a dire situation with injuries, of course, which has forced them to depend on young pitching to the point of detriment. The organization obviously viewed Moyer as a placeholder, but also valued his leadership and ability to mentor some of their young pitchers.

"I enjoyed my time here," Moyer told the media Wednesday afternoon. "Dan [O'Dowd] gave me a great opportunity to come to Spring Training and Jim [Tracy] stuck his neck out for me. He gave me an opportunity and that's all I asked for when I came here. It was a great opportunity and unfortunately I didn't hold up my end of the bargain and this is what happens in the game."

Moyer became the oldest player in the history of baseball to win a game earlier this season when he beat the Astros in his home debut. After having Tommy John Surgery at age 48, he successfully made a comeback to the majors and no one can ever take that away from him.  

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