Rotation hopeful Moyer hit hard in 'B' game
Phils veteran allows five runs to nearly regular Jays lineup
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Jamie Moyer could have used a better day Monday at Dunedin Stadium.
The veteran left-hander is competing with Kyle Kendrick for the fifth spot in the Phillies' rotation, and Kendrick has thrown nine scoreless innings in three Grapefruit League games. Moyer, who had thrown six scoreless innings in two "B" games, allowed eight hits and five runs in three innings in a third "B" game against the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays had seven regulars in the lineup.
"Obviously, the goal is to go out and be effective as a pitcher, whether that's in Spring Training or during the regular season," Moyer said. "Sometimes you are, sometimes you aren't, whether it's during Spring Training or during the regular season. That's just part of it.
"I didn't think I threw very well. I elevated a few too many pitches. I threw a lot of poor pitches and I threw a lot of good pitches. I'm the type of person that is going to use my energy and put it into the good pitches. I know the bad pitches were bad pitches. And they hit them. It is what it is."
Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee has said Moyer is the favorite for the job because of his experience and the fact he has won 28 games the previous two seasons. Dubee said Kendrick must beat out Moyer.
It is possible Moyer could open the season in the rotation, and Kendrick could open in the bullpen. If Moyer pitches well, then great. If not, Kendrick could replace Moyer like J.A. Happ replaced Chan Ho Park in the rotation last season.
Moyer will make $8 million this season. It is possible the Phillies could release Moyer -- although he pitched well in the bullpen late last season -- but it would leave them with little starting pitching depth in the organization.
Asked about the possibility of starting or relieving, Moyer said, "That's their choice."
So he's just along for the ride, doing what he can?
"Exactly," he said. "Contribute. It's all about contributing."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.