Moyer adjusting to life in Phils' bullpen
Changing his routine, veteran lefty likely to be long man
CHICAGO -- Jamie Moyer is a man without answers these days.
He said Tuesday he is disheartened the Phillies demoted him to the bullpen to make room for Pedro Martinez. He feels the Phillies misled him during contract negotiations in the offseason, when they signed him to a two-year, $13 million contract. But after Moyer said his piece Tuesday, he got back to work Wednesday.
He is in the bullpen for the foreseeable future, a place he has not been since 1996 with the Red Sox.
"I haven't done this in 13 years," Moyer said. "I don't know how my body is going to act or react. I don't have any answers for you. If I told you something, it's a guess. I've talked with [pitching coach Rich] Dubee about some things we can try, but I don't have any answers for you. I don't have any answers for myself. I really feel like it's all trial and error right now."
Moyer said Tuesday he would not discuss the team's decision to move him to the bullpen any further, but at one point Wednesday, he made it clear he would not sulk about it.
"I'm having fun every day I come here," he said. "I'm going to make the best of it."
Moyer threw a bullpen session before Martinez's debut against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Dubee said the Phils plan to have Moyer throw in the bullpen before games on occasion to keep him sharp. That is because Moyer likely will be a long man, meaning he could go numerous days without appearing in a game.
"How much usage or how little usage?" Moyer said. "There's really no answer because you don't know what's going to happen."
Another potential hiccup is nobody is certain how quickly Moyer will be able to warm up to get into a game.
"They're probably not going to get me like that," he said, snapping his fingers. "It's like if somebody called and said, 'You're a fireman tonight,' and your phone rang at three in the morning. Are you going to be there like that? You're going to be scrambling. 'What have I got to do?' You're going to try to get there, but after you do it a couple times you're going to be going, 'OK, now I get this. Now I know what to do.'"
"I think he'll get warmed up fine," Dubee said. "Whether he gets to a comfort zone that fast, we'll see."
Dubee said late last month that he didn't think Moyer, 46, would be a good fit in the bullpen because of his age and because he hadn't pitched there in years. Moyer is routine-oriented. He has his bullpen sessions, time in the whirlpool, arm exercises and other physical treatments. He follows those schedules religiously.
"There has to be a little bit of a change in his routine," Dubee said. "He needs to alter it so he's able to pitch. He can't go through the full workout he does the day after he starts. There's got to be some changes there. He's a guy that knows his body, so I'm sure he'll work out things."
The Phillies have doubleheaders scheduled Sept. 13 against the Mets at Citizens Bank Park and Sept. 22 against the Marlins at Land Shark Stadium. It seems likely Moyer could start in both of those doubleheaders, but at this point, everything is subject to change.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.