Moyer eyes a return; will elbow cooperate?

Jamie Moyer stood at his locker Friday afternoon, speaking of pitching again not retirement.

Faced with the possibility of a career-ending elbow injury, the 47-year-old left-hander said he owes it to himself to try everything to return to the pitching mound this season.

“That’s my goal,” he said. “But without a full diagnosis – I think that’s only fair – but the competitor in myself, I want to pitch. If my arm doesn’t allow that to happen, it’s not going to happen. I believe I’m going to make some sort of a, I don’t want to say comeback, but I’m going to make some sort of attempt to get back out there.”

Moyer left his start Tuesday when he strained his left elbow after making a pitch. He is headed for the disabled list – likely today – and is in having tests to determine the severity of the injury.


Phillies manager Charlie Manuel dismissed hitting coach Milt Thompson and replaced him with Greg Gross, hoping to jump-start an offense that has been struggling for nearly two months. … It appears Barry Bonds’ long-running criminal case may not go to trial until next year. … The Orioles activated second baseman Brian Roberts from the 60-day disabled list. ... Kurt Suzuki and the Athletics agreed to a four-year contract that locks up the catcher through his arbitration years. ... Right-hander Manny Acosta was called up by the Mets. ... Brewers right fielder Corey Hart injured his right wrist when he crashed into the wall Friday. X-rays were negative, but he’ll undergo an MRI today according to the team. ... The Nationals placed right-hander Luis Atilano on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 21, because of bone chips in his pitching elbow. ... Five more players have been suspended for positive drug tests under baseball’s minor league program. Washington pitchers Juan Diaz and Jorge Hernandez; Marlins pitchers Yeims Mendoza and Andy Parra; and Cleveland pitcher Luis Morel were penalized 50 games each by the commissioner’s office. ... A judge delayed the trial of a man accused of second-degree murder in the crash that killed Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two other people last year. ... Orioles first baseman Ty Wigginton received a three-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for making contact with an umpire during an argument. ... David DeJesus will have surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right thumb, and the Kansas City outfielder will miss at least 10 weeks. ... Right fielder Nick Swisher was a late scratch from the Yankees’ lineup because he woke up with a sore left Achilles’ heel. ... Manager Jim Leyland is only in favor of a trade-deadline deal for his Detroit Tigers if it makes the team significantly better.