Moyer determined to land rotation spot

Moyer determined to land rotation spot

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Those who know Jamie Moyer best are the least surprised at his strong pitch to make the Rockies' rotation.

Former Rangers second baseman Mark McLemore played seven years with Moyer in Baltimore and Seattle and is now a pre- and postgame broadcaster for the Rangers and a special instructor at Spring Training.

"It's expected," McLemore said of Moyer's comeback. "When he got hurt a year ago, he said he was coming back, and I believed him. Just knowing him, he has that kind of tenacity. You don't last that long without that kind of work ethic, determination and tenacity."

Moyer, 49, is 267-204 with a 4.24 ERA over the course of 24 big league seasons. He was 9-9 with the Phillies in 2010, and he became the oldest pitcher in Major League history to throw a shutout when he blanked the Braves on May 7, 2010, at age 47. He was out of action in 2011 with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.

"He has been hurt before and has always come back," McLemore said. "At some point he won't be able to do like he wants. Do I think that will be now? No."