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Peter Moylan expects to miss 8-12 weeks after back surgery

May 11, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

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Peter Moylan feared the worst with his back injury and the Braves reliever was right, as the team announced today that he’ll undergo surgery next week.

Moylan told Mark Bowman of MLB.com that he hopes to return in 8-12 weeks, which in theory could give him enough time to pitch again this season, but that seems like a longshot.

Of course, Moylan has had a very good career despite not debuting in the majors until age 27 and bounced back extremely well from Tommy John elbow surgery a few years ago, so I’m not going to put anything past him.

He’ll definitely be missed, as Moylan has a 2.61 ERA in 252 career innings and the ground-ball machine has allowing just 13 total homers in 1,054 plate appearances.

  1. atlsp - May 11, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Moylan went into a little more detail in talking with David O’Brien of the AJC, saying that he had the same surgery on the same disc when he was in Australia and was back no the mound in 8 weeks. Of course he’s older now and may need to reach a fuller recovery to face ML hitters, but he also has the advantage of a ML rehab program (and the fact that he throws sidearm now vs. overhand before should help too).

    I’m not saying he’ll be back in 8 weeks again, but even if the 12 weeks becomes 16 weeks he could be a valuable “September callup” for a team who expects to be competing for the postseason around that time. I’d actually be more surprised if he doesn’t pitch again this season.

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