Jamie Moyer was designated for assignment by the Rockies on Wednesday, the move being made about six weeks after he became the oldest starting pitcher to win a game in major-league history. The 49-year-old Moyer said in a news conference Wednesday that he still had hopes of continuing his career elsewhere but his immediate plan was to return home and attend a son's high school graduation.
"It's a tough pill to swallow but it's part of the business," Moyer said.
Moyer became the oldest pitcher to win as a starter on April 17, when he led the Rockies to a 5-3 win over the Padres. "I enjoyed my time here in Denver," he said.
Moyer was 2-5 with a 5.70 ERA in 10 starts. In his last start at Cincinnati, he was unable to hold a 5-0 lead, giving up seven hits and seven runs in five innings.
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By designating him for assignment the Rockies have 10 days to trade or release him.
Brett goes on Twitter to find dog
Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett took to Twitter early Wednesday to find his beloved dog Charlie, who went missing during a storm that rolled through the Kansas City area. Brett sent out a tweet shortly before midnight that read: "Please help: My dog has gone missing. His name is Charlie and he is a black labradoodle. HELP Please. Pic to follow!"
Brett's son, Jackson Brett, also tweeted about the missing dog. Local television and radio stations joined Royals fans in getting the word out. Brett tweeted shortly before 8:30 a.m. that Charlie had been found. The former Royals star opened a Twitter account on May 4.
Oswalt expects 4 starts in minors
Roy Oswalt expects to be ready to join the Rangers after four minor-league starts. Oswalt, who agreed to a minor-league deal with the Rangers, is scheduled to make his first start for Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday. Oswalt said he has been throwing bullpen sessions every other day for the past six weeks.
■ Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner will have surgery on his right knee Thursday and is expected to miss four to six weeks. Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff said Hafner would have an arthroscopic procedure to repair fraying and irritation in his right meniscus.
■ Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was out of the lineup with a right thumb injury, but was still not on the disabled list Wednesday night. Pedroia said an MRI revealed he had a slightly torn muscle in the thumb.
■ Outfielder Michael Morse might be back this weekend for the Nationals. Morse, who hit .303 with 31 homers last year, has not played this season because of a lat injury. He has been on a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac and might be in Washington Friday for the start of a homestand, Manager Davey Johnson said.
■ Albert Pujols and Mark Trumbo homered, and the host Angels extended their longest winning streak in nearly three years to eight games with a 5-1 victory over the Yankees Tuesday night.