MLB notes: End is nigh for Moyer

Rockies starting pitcher Jamie Moyer licks his fingers as he walks off the mound between Mets...

Rockies starting pitcher Jamie Moyer licks his fingers as he walks off the mound between Mets batters at Coors Field in Denver, Colo., April 29, 2012. (RICK WILKING/Reuters)

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The end could be near for Jamie Moyer.

The Colorado Rockies designated the ageless -- OK, he's really 49 -- lefty pitcher for assignment Wednesday, which could be the beginning of the end of a creer that dates back to 1986 with the Chicago Cubs. At the very least, Moyer's days with the Rockies are done.

"It's a tough pill to swallow, but it's part of the business," Moyer told the Denver Post. "It's all about putting up results."

Although Moyer has been a feel-good story this season -- he became the oldest pitcher to win a major-league game April 17 against the Padres after coming back from Tommy John surgery -- but the results have been enough to make the Rockies nauseous. In 10 starts with Colorado this season, Moyer is 2-5 with a 5.70 earned-run average and 1.733 WHIP. Ugly numbers all around.

"I just felt like that by sending him out there, we were compromising him and the team," Rockies manager Jim Tracy told the Post. "It's difficult, because he's as professional as any player I've ever been around.

"But we felt like this is something we had to do."

The Rockies will need to trade of release Moyer within the next 10 days. He's also owed another $500,000 this season.

SECOND OPINION

Not happy with news that he'll miss the next 6-8 weeks with a strained shoulder, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay got a second opinion.

According to MLB.com, Halladay talked to Dr. David Altchek in New York Wednesday. Altchek is the Mets team doctor and has performed surgery on a number of MLB players, including Mets pitcher Johan Santana.

There's no word if Altchek confirmed the original diagnosis but the Phillies say Halladay will talk to the media Friday after meeting with team doctors again.

HAFNER HURTIN'

Cleveland Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and is expected to miss at least four weeks, according to MLB.com.

The Indians put Travis Hafner on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday due to inflammation in his knee. But the Indians training staff indicated he'll have surgery to fix fraying and irritation to his right meniscus.

"Despite feeling very good while he was hitting, it was causing him symptoms when he was running," Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff said. "His feedback was if he altered how he ran he would feel better, but at this point we don't want Travis to compensate and end up in a worse spot. This is the prudent thing to do for him."

Hafner, who hasn't played since May 23, is hitting .242 with six homers and 23 RBIs in 39 games. He's in the final year of a four-year, $57 million contract.

The Indians called up lefthanded pitcher Scott Barnes from Triple-A Columbus to take Hafner's spot on the roster.

HATERS ALL AROUND

The wife of injured Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy has been getting "hate mail" on her Facebook page.

Lucroy told a Milwaukee radio station that his wife is being blamed for causing him to miss the next few weeks with a broken right hand. She dropped a suitcase on his hand when Lucroy was reaching under the bed in their Los Angeles hotel room.

"It's really sad that these kinds of things happen from a freak thing," Lucroy said. "I mean, she didn't do it on purpose. It was an accident. Stranger things have happened. It's been a battle for me, personally, because there's no one to blame, and my wife is getting killed by this. It's not like she's not hurt enough already, not feeling guilty enough already.

"I really wish people would just leave her alone, leave us alone, just let us try to move forward, and get this behind us, because this has been a brutal couple of days."

To compound matters, Lucroy will have surgery Thursday to have a pin inserted into his hand. His recovery time is still expected to be 4-6 weeks.

BRIEFLY

Detroit Tigers pitcher Doug Fister is back on the 15-day disabled list. Fister, who missed most of April due to a strained abdominal muscle, is dealing with a strain on his left side now. The Tigers called up Casey Crosby from Triple-A Toledo to start Friday against the New York Yankees ... The Philadelphia Phillies don't expect rehabbing Ryan Howard to be back in the lineup before July. Howard, who is in the first season of a five-year, $125 million contract, is still recovering from a torn Achilles tendon ... Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis will see a specialist Thursday after x-rays on his injured wrist came back negative. Markakis hurt his wrist during an at-bat Tuesday against the Blue Jays ... Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Jason Kubel was put on the paternity leave list but is expected back in three days. The Diamondbacks called up outfielder A.J. Pollock to take his place ... Newly signed Texas Rangers pitcher Roy Oswalt expects to be ready to join his new team within a month. Oswalt said Wednesday he feels he'll need four minor-league starts, the first of which will come Saturday, to get ready.


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