Touch 'Em All: Rockies designate Jamie Moyer for assignment

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Pitcher Jamie Moyer was 2-5 this season, with a 5.70 ERA in 10 starts. (David Kohl/AP Photo)

Looks like Jamie Moyer's Colorado adventure is coming to an end. The 49-year-old former Phillie was told by manager Jim Tracy on Wednesday that he was being designated for assignment by the Rockies, after a spring sojourn in which he made major-league history - becoming the oldest pitcher to make consecutive starts, the oldest starter to win a game, and the oldest player to knock in a run.

It's kind of remarkable that the Pride of Souderton was even in a position to accomplish those feats, seeing as he missed all of the 2011 season while recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery - and is, you know, so old and all.

But Moyer signed with the Rox and made the club with an impressive spring training. He was 2-5 with a 5.70 ERA in 10 starts.

The Rockies have 10 days to trade or release him.

Moyer said he still has hopes of continuing his career elsewhere, but his immediate plan is to return home for his son's high school graduation.

We'd suggest a visit to Citizens Bank Park, if he has the time. Maybe he has some ideas on how his old club can deal with the sudden gaps that have opened up in the rotation.

 

Going, going, not gone

The Yankees' Nick Swisher took it in stride Tuesday night when Millville's Mike Trout slammed into the Angels Stadium left-field wall to rob him of an extra-base hit in the second inning.

That's baseball, right?

But then centerfielder Peter Bourjos turned the same trick in the seventh and repeated it in the eighth. By the third time, Swisher was doing the unhappy dance, twirling in the basepaths.

"They've got some track stars out there in center and left," he said after the 5-1 loss. "Maybe I need to start hitting it to right."

Hey, it's only some guy named Torii Hunter over there. Go ahead and try.

 

All in a day's work

Cincinnati third baseman Todd Frazier had a busy start to his week. On Monday night, he saving a choking patron at a Pittsburgh restaurant, using the Heimlich maneuver - something he had never even practiced. Then on Tuesday, he had two hits and drove in two runs in an 8-1 win over the Pirates.

"He was . . . not Superman, he was Mr. Magnificent or somebody," Reds skipper Dusty Baker said.

 

Fish gotta swim

The Miami Marlins had their batting practice rained out on Wednesday. In a $634 million stadium with a retractable roof.

As it will in South Florida, the skies opened quickly, before they could close the roof, creating instant puddles and filling a photo bay near the Marlins' dugout with eight inches of water.

Those aquariums behind home plate? Nary a drop.

"The fish are laughing at us," a security guard said. (Usually, they're yawning.)

Just as quickly, the storm passed, and the game with the Washington Nationals was unaffected.

 


Contact Michael Harrington at mharrington@phillynews.com.

This article contains information from the Associated Press.