Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer was working on a two-hitter Tuesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals before he was forced to leave the game with an apparent elbow strain, according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. Andrew Carpenter took Moyer’s place after the first inning.
This is phenomenal. One of the few strengths of this underachieving team had been starting pitching. Kyle Kendrick, who had been ok considering he never was supposed to be in the starting rotation to begin with, finally gave the team enough reason to send him down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Now, Moyer leaves with an elbow issue. My guess is that the team will tell us that “he’s just got some tightness there,” and then promptly send him to the DL.
I don’t want to speculate on the severity of Moyer’s injury, but let’s speculate. The guy is 63-years old so it’s not a stretch to say that his body isn’t as strong as it used to be. Missing him for any period of time means that you are now down two starters who were in your rotation last week.
According to Zolecki’s Twitter page, Amaro implied that Kendrick’s replacement on Saturday will be someone acquired via trade.
“Amaro hints Saturday’s starter, who replaces Kyle Kendrick, will come in a trade. Said Happ is a candidate, too. Carpenter is long man,” Zolecki tweets.
Well, that trade hasn’t happened yet so nothing is certain. And Happ is not where he was last year, so that could be a disaster too.
This Phillies ship is not one that can afford to take on more water.