CHICAGO — Phillies veteran pitcher Jamie Moyer is not happy about his demotion from the starting rotation as the Phillies prepared to play the Cubs tonight at Wrigley Field.
“I’m really not happy with this decision that the Phillies have made,” Moyer said. “I will take what they are asking me to do but I’m not excited about it \[relieving\].”
Moyer was replaced in the rotation by Pedro Martinez, who will pitch in his Phillies’ debut Wednesday night.
“I am a little disheartened,” said Moyer, 46, who is 10-9, with a 5.47 ERA. Moyer said that during free-agent contract negotiations in the offseason that Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro told “me that this type of situation would not happen.”
Amaro responded through a team representative. “When we signed Jamie Moyer it was under the pretense of him being a starter. But right now circumstances have changed,” said Amaro, who said he was not going to get into contract negotiations “because that’s between player and club.”
“I don’t want to be a distraction to my teammates,” Moyer said. “I feel like I’ve been misled.”