PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies left-hander Jamie Moyer is an optimist, but he acknowledged Thursday his chances of pitching again in 2010 are almost zero.
He still hopes to be back in 2011.
Moyer has a sprained ulnar collateral ligament and a strained tendon in his left elbow. He received a second opinion earlier this week from noted orthopedist Lewis Yocum. Moyer said Yocum said he does not suggest surgery.
"He's optimistic with rehab this thing can heal and heal properly," Moyer said. "I like his thinking. ... If I had surgery, it's a year, year and a half where I can't do anything. That puts me at 48 1/2, 49 [years old]. What's the liklelihood of pitching? Where am I going to find a job? But if I rehab and rehab diligently and give it time to heal -- and then prudently start rehab and take my time with it -- I'm ready to go [by Spring Training]."