Notes: Rowand has surgery on ankle

Notes: Rowand has surgery on ankle

NEW YORK -- The Phillies have already accepted that Aaron Rowand won't be back for the regular season.

They may also have to face the possibility that he won't be there for the postseason either, should the Phillies make it.

Rowand had surgery on his broken left ankle on Friday. Two screws were inserted into the ankle and he was placed in a cast, general manager Pat Gillick said. The surgery was performed by team doctor Michael Ciccotti and foot specialist Dr. Steven Raikin at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Manager Charlie Manuel said it would be at least four weeks before Rowand could begin rehabbing. Going by that timetable, it becomes sketchy to expect Rowand to be ready for a possible postseason return. The first round of the playoffs begin in five weeks.

"We're looking at the end of the season," Manuel said. "I think we'll have to wait and see what kind of condition he's really in. If he misses six weeks, he'll need some time hitting in games. I don't know how we'd do that other than maybe the instructional league to get him game action.

"I wouldn't want to put him out there having to find his swing."

The Phillies will have to determine how healthy Rowand is before making a call.

"You still have the problem of how he's going to run," Manuel said. "That's going to be important. Knowing Rowand, he'll probably ride a bike with one leg or something. All of those things need to be taken into consideration, but the biggest will be his timing in hitting."

Calming down: On the day before Jamie Moyer's first start as a Phillie, which also happened to be the first day he joined his new teammates, he had scant few moments to himself and described the whole experience as a "whirlwind."

Among four waves of media interviews, shaking hands with his new teammates and returning any or all of dozens of phone messages, Moyer somehow found half an hour to chat it up with Randy Wolf.

Four days later, before start No. 2 with his new teammates, Moyer's life has calmed down slightly.

"I don't want to say I'm comfortable," he said. "It's hard to feel that way after coming from my situation. I've been [in Seattle] for 10 years and was really comfortable there. But I'm excited because I'm in a situation where the team is contention. I'm so refreshed that so much baseball is spoken in the clubhouse. It's something that I haven't seen in a while, and I look forward to coming to the ballpark."

When the Mariners announced the trade, Moyer was with his wife, Karen, watching their 11-year-old daughter, Timoney, perform in "Footloose." As the second act began, his and Karen's cell phones vibrated with calls from friends. He returned home to pack just enough clothes for a two-week road trip, as he would if he were with any team.

"I'm not going to worry about it," Moyer said. "My family is coming in over Labor Day, but that's still up in the air. I'm OK though. I have enough clothes with me. I can't sweat the small stuff. [Pitching with the Phillies] is where my focus needs to be."

Since his heart will always be in Seattle, he didn't do much else, especially since he's not sure he'll be in Philadelphia next season. Without him, the Moyer Foundation continues to help people in the community.

This weekend, Moyer's charitable foundation is involved in the Catch a Cure for Cancer Weekend, where donations go to a fund that promotes early cancer detection research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, in Seattle. On Sunday is a "Celebrity Waiters Dinner and Auction," which features many local personalities and former teammates serving as waiters at a fundraising event.

Moyer's former team is home this weekend, and Moyer likely would've attended. Instead, he filmed a thank-you message, because he'll be starting against the Mets on Sunday.

Quotable: "Roger [Clemens] only has me by a couple of months, Julio [Franco] -- who knows what his real birth date is -- but what's announced is 48, so he's got me by five years. He was a teammate at one time, way back, when he was maybe 21 or something. He's amazing." -- Moyer, who played with Franco in Texas from 1989-90, discussing the only two active players in baseball older than he is

Philling in: Jose Hernandez started in right field Saturday against lefty Oliver Perez. ... There has been no additional movement involving a deal for Baltimore first-baseman/outfielder Jeff Conine, a right-handed hitting 40-year-old who is batting .264 with eight homers and 46 RBIs. Such a deal had been speculated for weeks. While minimal talent would be required to acquire the veteran, Conine's contract includes a $2 million option for 2007 that vests when he gets to 450 plate appearances, a total he'll almost certainly reach. ... A few Phillies took delight in watching Saturday's game between the Angels and Yankees, which was on in the clubhouse. Mostly, they reveled when former teammate Cory Lidle surrendered a third-inning home run to Garret Anderson, and gave up five runs on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Coming up: Moyer starts against Mets rookie right-hander John Maine in a 1:10 p.m. ET start on Sunday. Moyer gave up three runs on six hits and one walk in his debut with the Phillies on Tuesday. The 43-year-old went six innings and became the oldest Phillies pitcher to win a game. Moyer looked sharp early, holding the Cubs hitless until the fifth inning. He found a little trouble later on, but never relinquished the early lead he was given.

Ken Mandel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.