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Peter Moylan hoping to avoid surgery for bulging disk in back

Apr 19, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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Peter Moylan came back incredibly strong after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in 2008, posting a 2.84 ERA in 2009 and a 2.94 ERA last season, but now he’s facing the possibility of another extended stay on the sidelines thanks to a bulging disk in his back.

David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Moylan hopes to avoid going under the knife for what would be his third back surgery following operations in 2001 and 2003, instead getting an epidural injection and a stint on the disabled list.

Moylan has quietly been one of the best relievers in baseball since debuting in 2006 as a 27-year-old rookie, posting a 2.91 ERA with 201 strikeouts in 252 innings while allowing just 13 homers and a .236 opponents’ batting average.

  1. Jonny 5 - Apr 19, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Most of the Phills line up is sighing “in relief”. This guy was well used by Bobby C.

  2. atlsp - Apr 19, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    It was those first two back surgeries that knocked Moylan out of baseball when he was trying to make it as an overhand pitcher in the Twins organization. After going back to Australia to work as a pharmaceutical salesman he was playing 1B in a rec league, started tinkering around with the sidearm stuff, next thing you know he’s pitching in the WBC, gets discovered by the Braves, and the following year pitches 90 innings over 80 apps with a 1.80 ERA.

    Always one of the most likable guys on the team, let’s hope Peter can avoid surgery and make a speedy recovery.

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