Moyer out through postseason

Updated: October 1, 2009, 3:55 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer needs surgery to repair three torn muscles in his groin and lower abdomen and will miss the rest of the season and postseason.

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Phillies team doctor Michael Ciccotti said Wednesday night that Moyer will have surgery in the next seven to 10 days. He is expected to be ready for spring training, Dr. Ciccotti said.

Moyer injured himself Tuesday while throwing a pitch during a relief outing in the Phillies' 7-4 win over the Houston Astros. He had an MRI on Wednesday and then got a second opinion Wednesday night that confirmed the Phillies' diagnosis.

Moyer had a 1.93 ERA in five relief appearances after Pedro Martinez replaced him in the Phillies' rotation in early August. However, the 46-year-old left-hander might not have made the Phillies' postseason roster even if he'd been healthy.

Although Moyer will turn 47 in November, he is signed for next year at $8 million, in the second year of a two-year contract. Asked if a pitcher his age could expect a full recovery, Dr. Ciccotti said: "This injury does occur at all ages in professional pitchers. And the results are pretty consistent, regardless of age group."

Jayson Stark is a senior baseball writer for ESPN.com.

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