Moylan inks player/minor-league pitching coach deal with Braves
MAR 11, 5:43p ET | Staff
Rotowire: Mar 6 / 6:40a ET
News: Moylan (elbow) signed a minor-league contract with the Braves on Friday, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.
Impact: Moylan is about 11 months removed from Tommy John surgery, the second such operation during his career. The right-hander is angling for a return by midseason, but he'll likely have to first demonstrate that he's healthy in the minors before getting an opportunity to join the Braves, where he began his MLB career. Moylan, 36, posted an impressive 2.44 ERA over 232.1 innings during his prime years with the Braves from 2007 through 2010, but the odds seem to be stacked against him reemerging as anything more than a replacement-level arm in middle relief.
Rotowire: Jan 30 / 4:30p ET
News: Moylan (elbow) said he is feeling great and hopes to be back in the big leagues by midseason at the latest, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Now 10 months removed from his second Tommy John surgery -- he had his first in 2008 -- Moylan has progressed to throwing off a mound at about 70 percent strength. The 36-year-old right-hander was in camp with the Astros last spring before suffering the elbow injury, and is currently mulling whether to sign in the near future or wait until the season gets underway.