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The fairy tale has come to an end, at least in the Mile High City, for 49-year-old Jamie Moyer, who was designated for assignment by the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday. The crafty launcher (lobber, more so) gave the Rox some good pub when he became the oldest pitcher ever to start and win an MLB game but mustered a 5.70 ERA in 10 starts.
Kudos to him for pitching this late in life, but Colorado needed to move on. Moyer might do the same from the game, but he's leaving that decision open - maybe he inks a one-day contract soon.
Jim Tracy said Josh Outman will replace Moyer in the rotation Friday at home versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. A starter for most of his abbreviated career, Outman has pitched in the 'pen this year, fanning nine in 4 2/3 innings (eight appearances) but allowing five runs, as well. Before being stretched out, he'll most likely throw only about 50 pitches in his first go-round. That makes Outman a risky play, certainly for those seeking a victory.
The southpaw underwent Tommy John surgery and missed half of the 2009 season and all of 2010. His bullpen conversion and recovery from the procedure probably produced his fastball velocity bump and the accompanying effectiveness of his slider and changeup.
Would his giddy-up sit in the mid-90s as a starter? Outman typically hovered in the lower sector and has leaned toward allowing flies - not what Colorado has in mind. Still, he's held a moderate level of single-universe intrigue since his days as a middling Oakland Athletics prospect, so maybe health will bring out the best in him.
Threats loom down the road, however, even if Outman proves serviceable. Jhoulys Chacin (right pectoral) won't throw for the next few weeks but should get priority if he's ready. Highly regarded youngster Drew Pomeranz hasn't rediscovered his delivery but will likely get the call after showing significant progress. Swingman Carlos Torres, who was recalled to occupy Moyer's seat, has been a frequent shuttle passenger and could step in if needed.
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