DENVER, CO - APRIL 17: Starting pitcher Jamie Moyer #50 of the Colorado Rockies delivers against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field on April 17, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. Moyer became the oldest player in the major leagues to record a win as the Rockies defeated the Padres 5-3. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Jamie Moyer's days as a member of the Colorado Rockies had been counting down ever since he made the team out of spring training, and on Wednesday afternoon that counter reached zero. According to Tracy Ringolsby, the Rockies have designated the 49-year-old lefty for assignment:
Rockies designate Jamie Moyer for assignment.— Tracy Ringolsby (@ROOTSPORTS_TR) May 30, 2012
This really doesn't come as a surprise after he struggled mightily through May. He was 1-3 with an 8.64 ERA in five starts/25 innings pitched for the month. He most recently allowed four home runs to the Cincinnati Reds in a 7-5 loss on Sunday.
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Moyer was scheduled to start on Friday, but his replacement has yet to be named. Carlos Torres is back in the majors until then.
#Rockies designate LHP Jamie Moyer for assignment, call up RHP Carlos Torres. Manager Jim Tracy says he'll announce Friday starter tomorrow— Thomas Harding (@harding_at_mlb) May 30, 2012
It appears that Torres is not subject to the 10-day rule following his call-up for the Monday doubleheader and subsequent send-down.As many of us read in Dave Krieger's piece from today, O'Dowd spoke frankly about Moyer:
"I knew this was going to be a transition year," O'Dowd said. "I never expected Jamie Moyer would last till June. We just looked at him as a guy to give us probably 10 starts at most until we could transition to someone else.
Well, he fell a couple of days short of that.
It was a good try by Moyer and we certainly wish him nothing but the best in what happens for him next.