Turns out, one of Jamie Moyer's most important pitching performances of the season was also his last.
The 46-year-old lefthander, who helped protect a three-run lead Tuesday night by recording four outs in the sixth and seventh innings to set Ryan Madson up for a six-out save, will have season-ending surgery to repair three torn tendons in his lower abdominal and groin, which he suffered on his final pitch of the Phillies' 7-4 win over Houston.
"You know what? You deal with it," Moyer said. "That's life, and you roll with the punches. I'm not going to complain about it. I had a good run here. My time isn't over here. I'm going to enjoy it, make the best of it, and be a cheerleader."
Team doctor Michael Ciccotti said he was optimistic that Moyer would be ready to return by the start of spring training, a timetable he said is not uncommon even for a player of Moyer's advanced age.