Adam Moore awoke from surgery to find a brace on his right knee Tuesday, and he knew it meant that he likely has played his last game for the Seattle Mariners this season.
Over the weekend, Moore, who was facing surgery to repair a torn meniscus, had talked about having hope that the operation might be minor – while knowing that it could be far more invasive.
“If I wake up with a sleeve on the knee, it’s a 6-8 week rehabilitation,” Moore said. “If it’s a brace, that’s 4-6 months and the season.”
It was the brace.
Whatever Moore had hoped to prove this season, and whatever the team had hoped to learn about his future, is now on hold.
A sixth-round draft pick in 2006, Moore was once considered the catcher of the future, with then-teammate Rob Johnson his backup. Now, Johnson is in San Diego, and Moore on the disabled list.
Miguel Olivo is the starting catcher and, now, Chris Gimenez is the reserve.
In 448 minor league games, Moore batted .303 with 58 home runs and 277 RBI. With the Mariners, he has played 68 games and batted .194 with five home runs and 17 RBI.
AARDSMA THROWS SIMULATED INNING
In better news, closer David Aardsma threw his first simulated inning of the year as his comeback from major December hip surgery continued.
“David looked good and felt good,” manager Eric Wedge said. “We’ll do it again in Kansas City on Friday. He’ll throw two innings, about 15 pitches each. Today, he had a lot of life on his pitches.”
Someone asked whether Ardsma, when he is ready to pitch again, would immediately return to his ninth-inning role or be worked into it slowly.
“He’ll be the closer,” Wedge said. “That’s what he is.”
The Mariners’ victory Monday was the fifth time in club history the team has overcome a seven-run deficit. It was the first time, however, they’d made that comeback when trailing by seven runs after six innings. Chone Figgins didn’t play Tuesday because of a swollen bruised thumb, injured Monday on a hard-hit ground ball that glanced off his glove at third base. Jack Cust didn’t start, given his first day off, and Milton Bradley was the designated hitter for the first time in 2011.
Seattle hosts Toronto in the series finale today, a 12:40 p.m. start that will be televised on Root Sports. Probable starting pitchers: Kyle Drabek (1-0, 1.38 ERA) vs. Jason Vargas (0-1, 7.20).