Jamie Moyer talks charity, rehab, Phillies pitching

Jamie Moyer is happy that while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery he can devote more time to Camp Erin, the bereavement camp for children that he and wife Karen have established through the Moyer Foundation.

Karen and Jamie Moyer

The two are hosting a fundraiser for the foundation, an Evening at the Ballpark, at 6 p.m. May 17 in the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park. Moyer will serve dinner along with some VIP friends, though no Phillies, because the team is on the road that day.

Moyer said that the family got involved with a bereavement camp in Indiana and that when he was traded to the Mariners, he and his wife searched for a similar program in Seattle. Finding none, they established their own foundation and camp named after Erin Metcalf, who died of liver cancer at age 17 and whom the couple met through Make-a-Wish. She often expressed concern for young siblings of sick children and wished they received more attention.

"It's rewarding for the kids to come to the realization that they aren't the only ones going through this grief," Moyer says. "Hopefully through fun activities and grief counseling, they can remember their loved ones in a positive way," he said.

Now working on ESPN's "Baseball Tonight," Moyer says he's "progressing along well" and will start his throwing rehab on May 1. "One step at a time, one day at a time," says Moyer, a free agent, who hopes to pitch, somewhere, next year.

Moyer declined to predict which of the Phillies aces will have the most wins, but he said he believes that Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels and Joe Blanton will all put up big numbers.

"I'd like to see all five guys pitch 200 plus innings. They all have their own track records and histories and will all contribute to the best of their ability," he told us. Tix are $250. Call Katie Hamilton at 206-298-1217 or email katie@moyerfoundation.org.

Read more from our column in Tuesday's Daily News.