Moylan’s immediate future uncertain
Peter Moylan just went through the Braves dugout slapping hands and providing his teammates some encouragement before this afternoon’s doubleheader against the Brewers. Unfortunately, it’s still not known whether he’ll be able to offer the Braves any more than this during the remainder of the season.
Moylan didn’t provide details after visiting with a doctor early Wednesday morning. But as he gingerly walked through the Braves’ clubhouse, it was quite obvious that he is still feeling significant discomfort in his lower back. An MRI exam performed two weeks ago showed a bulging disc.
While there was hope that Moylan could return soon, it now appears he might need to undergo a surgical process that could end his season. It seems like he is attempting to get multiple evaluations and weigh his options.
Moylan underwent back surgeries while playing what amounted to recreational baseball in Australia in 2001 and ’03. The sidearm delivery that helped him get noticed in the 2006 World Baseball Classic was a product of attempts to lessen strain on his back.
If Moylan is unable to return, the Braves might ask Scott Proctor to fill the void once he is eligible to join their roster on May 15. Proctor struggled in Spring Training and was released. But he quickly re-signed with the Braves and has since prospered while working with Triple-A Gwinnett pitching coach Marty Reed.
Proctor has allowed two earned runs in 12 innings for Triple-A Gwinnett and limited opponents to a .205 batting average this year. The 34-year-old right-hander combined for 166 appearances for the Dodgers and Yankees during the 2006 and ’07 seasons.