The Phillies team physician said tonight that pitcher Jamie Moyer was not seriously ill, but would likely be hospitalized for several days after experiencing lingering pain related to October surgery.
“Jamie is a healthy guy,” said Dr. Michael Ciccotti. “He is in no way seriously ill.”
Moyer, 47, checked in Thomas Jefferson University hospital in Philadelphia Tuesday night after experiencing increased pain that Ciccotti traced to Oct. 2 surgery to repair three muscle tears in the pitcher’s groin and lower abdomen.
The week after undergoing surgery, Moyer was hospitalized with a blood infection, but recovered in time to join the team during the National League Championship Series and World Series.
Ciccotti did not believe that the pitcher’s current issue was related to the blood infection, but said that Moyer would undergo testing over the next several days, including an MRI. After Moyer reported the issue early this week, team medical staff decided that the pitcher should travel north to see Dr. William Meyers, who performed the September surgery at Hahnemann University Hospital.
“Maybe since the weekend he started to have some increasing discomfort, some symptoms, and that prompted us to have him come to Philadelphia (from Florida) to be evaluated,” Ciccotti said. “Our feeling was we would have him admitted to Thomas Jefferson. We're in the midst of evaluating him. He's very comfortable. He's walking.
“You can re-strain that area (repaired by the surgery) during the recovery or rehabilitation period. That's where the MRI is helpful because it can help us determine if that's the case and then that's just a matter of adjusting his rehab and his therapy.”
Ciccotti added the hospitalization would probably cause only a slight setback in Moyer’s rehabilitation, aimed at preparing him to participate in spring training.
“It is possible it could be a little bit later,” he said. “But he's still on the timeline that would allow him to participate in spring training with hopefully minimal effects on his early spring training participation.”