Moyer holding back with cut fastball

Moyer holding back with cut fastball

Moyer holding back with cut fastball
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rockies non-roster left-hander Jamie Moyer had his second encouraging outing of the spring on Sunday, at age 49 and a year and a half after suffering an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery.

And he hasn't pulled a key pitch out of his pocket yet.

Moyer struck out two and held the White Sox to three hits and one run in three innings. He threw just seven pitches the first inning and six the second. Jared Mitchell opened the third with a single and Eduardo Escobar doubled him home, but both hits were along the ground. Moyer struck out two of the next three batters.

Moyer is succeeding with a two-seam fastball, a curveball and a changeup. Moyer just twice went to his cut fastball, a key weapon because it allows him to work inside against right-handed hitters.

One cutter was a ball, one was hit for a single by Mitchell.

"I'm a believer you need good arm strength with that pitch, and your first two or three outings you're probably not there with arm strength," Moyer said. "It's something I've always done and it's worked for me. And it forces me to use my other pitches. In a way, I feel like it makes me a better pitcher."

Moyer said he senses fans pulling for him.

"The cool thing without even thinking about this is people come up and say, 'It's really cool what you're doing at your age,'" he said. "I'm like, the age thing really doesn't matter. But they said, 'I'm 50. I wish I could do what you're doing.'

"I'm like, 'You could, maybe not what I do, but you could do something to make yourself feel better.' I hope they come away from the conversation saying, 'You know what? He's right.'"