In a span of a few days in 2006, Peter Moylan went from an unknown sidearmer on the Australian WBC team to a future big leaguer. Then, Moylan became a very dependable reliever who saw his dream come true.
Moylan has battled injuries the last few years, including two Tommy John surgeries. But Moylan has convinced his original team that he still has gas left in the tank, as the Braves are bringing Moylan to spring training on a minor league contract.
Moylan isn't expected back until mid-season, as his second TJ procedure happened in late March 2014. A report in the Houston Chronicle in January had Moylan proclaiming he had lost 35 pounds and was feeling "fantastic" in his recovery.
He's 36 years old now, but Moylan is not one to walk away easily. Moylan loves this game and appreciates what it has given him. He was a great clubhouse leader when he was with the team, installing great comic relief in a sometimes stuffy environment.
Moylan pitched in 295 games with the Braves from 2006 through 2012. His best season was in 2007, his first full year, when he had a 1.80 ERA in 80 games. He pitched in 87 games in 2009 and then 85 games in 2010. Moylan has a career 2.59 ERA with the Braves. He also pitched in 14 games with the Dodgers in 2013 and had a 6.46 ERA.
Moylan will likely remain in Orlando to work on his recovery and then be assigned to a minor league team to see when he might be ready for a spot in the Atlanta bullpen.
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