The Colorado Rockies have designated left-handed starter Jamie Moyer for assignment on Wednesday, according to Tracy Ringolsby of ROOT Sports. Depending on whether the 49-year-old pitcher can catch on somewhere else, this could potentially be the end of a big league career that began all the way back in 1986.
Over ten starts this season, Moyer posted a 5.70 ERA with 36 strikeouts and 18 walks over 53.2 innings while having serious issues with allowing home runs. His fastball averaged just 78.6 miles per hour according to FanGraphs.com, the lowest mark of any pitcher currently qualified for the ERA title by nearly five miles per hour.
Moyer has had quite the career, beginning in 1986 with the Chicago Cubs and ultimately winning 269 games while posting a solid 4.25 ERA. The Rockies now have ten days to determine whether they'll trade him, release him or put him on waivers. If he passes through waivers, Moyer will presumably be given the option of going to Triple-A or becoming a free agent.
To replace Moyer on the roster, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that the Rockies have promoted Carlos Torres from Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he posted a 2.45 ERA with 32 strikeouts and 13 walks over seven starts. He also adds that manager Jim Tracy will announce the starter for Friday's game on Thursday.