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12/01/10 4:20 PM EST

Moyer has Tommy John surgery, eyes '12 return

PHILADELPHIA -- Left-hander Jamie Moyer had Tommy John surgery Wednesday in New York.

Orthopedist David Altchek performed the surgery.

Moyer, who turned 48 this month, went 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA in 19 starts this season before injuring his elbow during a July 20 start in St. Louis. Moyer, who is a free agent, rehabbed the elbow with his eye on competing for a job somewhere in Spring Training. But those plans derailed this month when he injured his elbow again during his third winter-ball start.

Moyer would like to try pitching again after rehabbing from the surgery, which could take a year.

"Thanks to the advances in surgery, many pitchers have made successful returns to the mound after undergoing surgery similar to mine," Moyer said in a statement. "I look forward to the challenge of making a comeback for the 2012 season. I love this game, and I still believe I can be a successful pitcher in the big leagues. Prior to the injury, I was feeling great and throwing well. I want to thank everyone for the kind words and good wishes."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.