03/10/10 3:01 PM EST
Moyer hurls three shutout innings
Looking to be fifth starter, lefty shines in Phils' 'B' game
By Anthony DiComo / MLB.com
"Wherever they want," he said. "I'm just an employee."
To the best of Moyer's knowledge, that next outing will come on Sunday, perhaps even in a real spring game. Not that it matters. Despite being the only Phillies starter yet to participate in a Grapefruit League game, Moyer remains in prime position to beat out Kyle Kendrick for the fifth-starter's job.
Pitching coach Rich Dubee reiterated that much this week, saying that the job belongs to Moyer unless Kendrick takes it from him.
Wednesday's performance offered a glimpse of why. Facing mainly Blue Jays Minor Leaguers, Moyer allowed just two baserunners on a single and a hit batsman -- and he picked one of them off first.
Moyer threw just 31 pitches in anticipation of another outing on Sunday, and the Phillies won, 5-1.
Afterward, Moyer said that his 47-year-old arm felt "like it's supposed to," that the rest of him feels just fine and that health is not an issue. Which is good for a Phillies club that owes him $8 million this season.
Moyer underwent operations for a sports hernia and on his knee in the offseason, but he also had to be hospitalized two other times for complications following the hernia surgery. That included a third procedure to have an abscess removed from his groin.
Moyer also wasn't concerned with the fact that both of his impressive spring performances -- now six shutout innings in total -- have all come in "B" games against Minor Leaguers.
"They're all the same," Moyer said. "There are more people at an 'A' game, but I can't say there's any difference in intensity. 'A' game or 'B' game, I don't think I could go out there and lollygag it. I can't compete that way. There's a sense of personal pride, and I'm looking for results."
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.