(8/25/2010) From The Sports Xchange notes: RHP Brian Moehler had another setback in his recovery from a groin strain, exiting a rehab start with Triple-A Round Rock after just three innings and 31 pitches with soreness in his groin. He has been on the DL since early July, and his comeback efforts were previously stalled when he experienced discomfort during a simulated game in early August. He was supposed to pitch Sunday for Double-A Corpus Christi, but he has opted for season-ending surgery.
Moehler suffers setback
(8/25/2010) MLB.com reports that Astros right-hander Brian Moehler, who has been on the disabled list since July 8 with a right groin injury, was forced to leave his rehab start Tuesday for Triple-A Round Rock against Oklahoma City with discomfort in his groin. He went three innings, allowing one hit and one run.
Moehler to make rehab start
(8/23/2010) Astros SP Brian Moehler, on the disabled list since July 8 with a right groin strain, is scheduled to begin his minor-league rehab on Tuesday with Triple-A Round Rock, reports MLB.com. He will be limited to to a maximum of 60 pitches. If all goes well, he will throw another bullpen session Thursday and then start for Double-A Corpus Christi on Sunday at San Antonio.
Moehler maps out return
(8/21/2010) Astros SP Brian Moehler (groin) has mapped out a plan for his return, according to MLB.com. Moehler will fly to Houston on Sunday and attempt to throw a bullpen session Monday. If that goes well, he will head to Triple-A Round Rock to start a game Tuesday, in which he would be limited to a maximum of 60 pitches. He will throw another bullpen session Thursday and then start for Double-A Corpus Christi on Sunday at San Antonio. Moehler will then will be evaluated to see if he is ready to return to the team.
Moehler nearing rehab stint
(8/19/2010) Astros SP Brian Moehler, on the disabled list since July 8 with a right groin strain, threw three innings and about 50 pitches in a simulated game on Thursday, according to MLB.com. "I don't know if he was starting to feel more comfortable or got used to it, but I thought his stuff got better as he went along," manager Brad Mills said. "He started gaining more confidence in his leg and his groin and had more hop on his fastball and more sink." Moehler, who opted to rehab instead of undergoing season-ending surgery, will throw bullpen sessions on Saturday and Sunday and hopefully be sent on a minor-league rehab assignment next week.
Moehler throws 'pen session
(8/14/2010) Astros SP Brian Moehler, on the DL since July 8 with a right groin strain, threw 40 pitches during a bullpen session on Saturday in an attempt to make it back to the majors this season. "If he stays on track, we could probably put his rehab schedule together for him," Astros general manager Ed Wade told MLB.com. "If he moves in a straight line, we'll get him out and get him pitching somewhere." Moehler recently went for a second opinion on his injured groin and opted not to undergo season-ending surgery as to pitch again this season.
Moehler hopes to return in 2010
(8/10/2010) Houston SP Brian Moehler, on the DL since July 8 with a right groin strain, got his second opinion in Philadelphia on Monday from Dr. Bill Myers. Moehler, back with the team, tore a tendon off a bone in the groin are but still hopes to return this year. "I asked what I should do and [Myers] said, 'I want you to go back to Houston and do everything I can do, throw, run everything,'" Moehler said. "He said, 'You've torn the tendon off the bone that's part [of] the groin, but you don't need it. We see it all the time in football players and hockey and soccer [players] and they don't do surgery.' 'It's not a muscle that you don't need. There's more muscles to take place of that one. That's the good news.' He said see if you can tolerate it and do everything you can and we'll go from here."
Moehler to seek 2nd opinion
(8/9/2010) Astros SP Brian Moehler traveled to Philadelphia on Monday to seek a second opinion on his groin injury. According to MLB.com, the right-hander has not yet decided whether he will pursue surgery or try a non-surgical rehab. Moehler went 1-4 with a 4.92 ERA in 20 appearances (eight starts) before landing on the DL.
Moehler suffers groin tear
(8/5/2010) The Astros received bad news on injured pitcher Brian Moehler, who has been rehabbing a groin injury while on the 15-day DL. After ending a simulated game on Wednesday, tests on Thursday revealed a tear in his groin. Moehler is considering surgical and non-surgicial options. There is no timetable for his decision.
Moehler suffers setback in rehab
(8/4/2010) Houston starter Brian Moehler pitched in a simulated game on Wednesday in his rehab from a groin injury and he suffered a setback, reports MLB.com. Moehler threw 38 pitches and was scheduled to throw 45 but began to feel discomfort. He said he felt a popping sensation in his groin area. He flew back to Houston on Wednesday and will undergo an MRI on Thursday. "I don't know what to think," he said. "I can't imagine it's good news. I heard a pop. It had felt great. It's the best I felt in over a month. I threw one pitch and just felt it. You know what? There's nothing I can do about it. We'll get it checked out."
Moehler set to start simulated game
(8/3/2010) Astros SP Brian Moehler, who has been on the disabled list since July 8 with a groin injury, felt good after his side session Sunday and said he'll throw a simulated game Wednesday, according to MLB.com.
Moehler throws side session
(8/2/2010) Houston pitcher Brian Moehler, who experienced tightness in his strained right hamstring while throwing a simulated game July 23, threw a side session on Sunday. If he feels OK after that, he'll throw a simulated game on Wednesday in St. Louis.
Moehler on the mend
(7/27/2010) Astros pitcher Brian Moehler, on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right groin, threw off flat ground on Tuesday, according to MLB.com. He experienced tightness in his right hamstring while pitching a simulated game on Friday, but was able to get through today's workout and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday. "What happens there will determine a lot of what we will do," manager Brad Mills said.
Still no timetable on Moehler
(7/27/2010) The Astros still aren't sure when SP Brian Moehler (groin) will return after he experienced tightness in his strained right hamstring while throwing a simulated game on Friday. He was a candidate to start Monday's game but that went to converted reliever Wesley Wright. Manager Brad Mills has said he doesn't want to rush Moehler back and is likely going to continue being cautious with him.
Moehler feels OK, still progressing
(7/24/2010) Astros SP Brian Moehler (groin) threw a simulated game on Friday and was a candidate to start Monday's game against the Cubs. That start went to Wesley Wright instead, as manager Brad Mills doesn't want to rush Moehler back, according to MLB.com. "He's feeling OK," Mills said. "Probably not as good as we'd like him to be. ... There's not a lot of pain there, but when he tries to extend his pitches, there's a grab and a pull."
Moehler feels a 'little tightness'
(7/23/2010) Astros SP Brian Moehler (groin) threw a simulated game on Friday. Manager Brad Mills said Moehler, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin, had good stuff but struggled with his command. "When you haven't thrown in some time, that's going to happen," Mills told MLB.com. "I think (Saturday) is going to be a big day with him, and we'll go forward with that. We'll see how he feels (Saturday), and he'll throw a side on Sunday." Mills also added Moehler "felt a little tightness" during the session and that the team will know more about his status on Saturday.
Ailing Moehler making strides
(7/21/2010) Astros SP Brian Moehler, on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right groin, threw about 30 pitches during a bullpen session on Wednesday. According to MLB.com, he is scheduled to pitch in a simulated game Friday at Minute Maid Park.
Moehler throws on the side
(7/19/2010) Astros RP Brian Moehler, who's been on the DL since July 8 with a right groin strain, threw a side session on Monday. Manager Brad Mills told MLB.com that Moehler is expected to throw again on Wednesday but he has made no plans for after that point.
Moehler placed on DL
(7/16/2010) The Astros have placed SP Brian Moehler, bothered by a strained groin, on the 15-day disabled list, according to MLB.com. The move was backdated to July 8, making Moehler eligible to return July 23.
Moehler likely in 'pen in 2nd half
(7/13/2010) With the expected return of Felipe Paulino (shoulder) on July 20 at the Chicago Cubs, the first time the Astros need a No. 5 starter, Brian Moehler (groin) figures to be available out of the bullpen against the Pirates.
Moehler not worried about groin
(7/8/2010) MLB.com reports that Astros SP Brian Moehler, who left Wednesday's start against the Pirates after three innings with a strained groin, was examined by team doctors on Thursday. "It's nothing that I'm overly concerned about," Moehler said. "As far as the timing, it couldn't have come at a better time. I'll have four days off and four days after that (for the All-Star break), and if I do start again, it's going to be on the back end of the rotation, so that's another four days." Moehler is 1-4 with a 4.92 ERA in 20 games (eight starts) this season.
Moehler leaves with injury
(7/7/2010) Houston SP Brian Moehler left Wednesday's game against Pittsburgh with a strained right groin. He allowed no runs on three hits through three innings of work. When he left the Astros were leading, 3-0. He struck out three and walked one. In his last three starts, Moehler allowed five earned runs total and went 1-1.
Moehler pitching better of late
(7/2/2010) Astros SP Brian Moehler 5 2/3 innings on Thursday night, allowing just one run off four hits against the Padres. After four scoreless innings, the right-hander gave up an RBI single to Chris Denorfia to make the score 3-1. He was in line for the win until the bullpen blew the lead. Moehler struck out two, walked two and has allowed just five earned runs over his last 16 2/3 innings pitched.
Moehler to start Thursday
(6/28/2010) According to MLB.com, Astros SP Brian Moehler will start in Thursday's series opener at San Diego. Moehler has made six starts for the Astros and is 1-4 with a 5.63 ERA on the season.
(6/26/2010) Houston SP Brian Moehler got his first win of the year on Friday against Texas, but is now awaiting a decision whether he'll stay in the rotation or go back to the bullpen, according to MLB.com. "The way he pitched, he sure deserves [another start]," said Astros manager Brad Mills. Moehler allowed three runs -- two earned -- in five innings of work against the Rangers. SP Bud Norris will be activated prior to Monday's game at Milwaukee and return to the starting rotation, and booting Moehler back to the bullpen. "I guess if I did start, the earlier it would be would be Thursday, so I'll kind of wait and see," Moehler said. "I'm sure [pitching coach Brad Arnsberg] will tell me something, probably tomorrow. I'm not going to be able to throw for the next couple of days anyway. If I go in the bullpen it would be Monday or Tuesday."
Moehler gets elusive first win
(6/26/2010) Astros SP Brian Moehler pitched five innings on Friday, allowing three runs, two earned, off eight hits in a 74 win over the Rangers. The right-hander limited the potent Texas lineup to just an unearned run in the fourth and two runs in the fifth, six days after he held Texas to two runs and one hit over six innings. "Back to back starts against the same club, you can't say enough," manager Brad Mills said of Moehler. "He pitched like a veteran. He made some pitches when he had to to get out of jams." Moheler struck out three and walked three while picking up his first win of the year.
Moehler's fourth loss a tough one
(6/19/2010) Astros SP Brian Moehler pitched well enough to earn his first win of the season on Saturday but ran into a red-hot Colby Lewis. Over six innings, Moehler allowed two earned runs on one hit -- a two-run homer by Justin Smoak -- walking four while striking out three. But Lewis pitched a two-hit complete game and Moehler fell to 0-4.
Moehler lets walks bite him
(6/13/2010) Houston SP Brian Moehler was wild and walked five batters on Sunday in New York. When you are playing the Yankees, that is never going to get it done. New York, of course, made Moehler pay and he ended up giving up four runs on four hits over 4 2/3 innings to take the loss. Moehler (0-3) struck out four and threw 99 pitches to get just 14 outs. His ERA is at 6.32 on the year.
Moehler steady again for Houston
(6/9/2010) Astros SP Brian Moehler recovered from a rough start and Houston came from behind to get him off the hook during Tuesday's win over the Rockies. Moehler gave up three earned runs in the first inning, but held Colorado scoreless over his next five, and the Astros scored four unanswered runs to leave him with a no-decision. "A starter's job is to keep his team in the game and we did that tonight," Moehler said. "That first inning, they got some hits on balls that weren't bad pitches. I made an adjustment, going inside a little bit more after that, and that seemed to help." He yielded nine hits and three walks while striking out four. It was Moehler's first quality start of the season.
Moehler improves in no-decision
(6/3/2010) Astros SP Brian Moehler, who was smacked around in his first outing of the season on Saturday, pitched better Thursday in a no-decision against the Nationals. Moehler, who allowed two runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings with three strikeouts and one walk, was in line for the win before his bullpen allowed two runs in the top of the ninth.
Moehler will get another start
(5/31/2010) The Houston Chronicle reports that Astros SP Brian Moehler will get another start Thursday against the Nationals after getting shelled in his first start of the season on Saturday.
Moehler shelled by the Reds
(5/30/2010) Astros SP Brian Moehler gave up three home runs on Saturday against the Reds. Moehler, who was making his first start since last September 30, only lasted 2 2/3 innings and was roughed up for eight runs on ten hits. "The Reds are on a roll right now," Moehler said. "They've knocked us around the last couple of days." He issued a walk and did not strike out a batter en route to earning the loss. Moehler is now 0-2 with a 7.29 ERA on the season.
Moehler pegged for Saturday start
(5/28/2010) The Astros placed pitcher Bud Norris on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with biceps tendinitis and bursitis in his shoulder. Gustavo Chacin was called up to take his roster spot. Brian Moehler will take Norris' vacant start on Saturday, but manager Brad Mills doesn't expect him to last long. "Right now, we hope he might give us three innings and if he feels good, maybe send him back out for the fourth," Mills said. "He's not stretched out. We're going to need some help behind him." Although he has been used primarily as a reliever, Moehler does have experience making fill-in starts. "I've done it so many times," Moehler said. "I did it with Florida, I've done it with Houston the last couple years, so it's nothing new. I run every day, I take care of myself, so I'm not nervous. It might be different the way I go out and prepare for the game, but pitching's pitching." Moehler has a 4.42 ERA in 12 relief appearances this year.
Moehler a candidate for spot start
(5/27/2010) According to the team's official website, Astros pitcher Brian Moehler is a candidate to start on Saturday to take the place of injured starter Bud Norris. Moehler has not appeared in a game since Sunday.
Moehler limited to long relief
(4/20/2010) From The Sports Xchange notes: RHP Brian Moehler, who began the season in the bullpen, went eight consecutive days without action until pitching a scoreless inning in Sunday's 3-2, 10-inning victory over the Cubs. Manager Brad Mills was well aware and concerned of Moehler's inactivity. That's why Moehler was his first option. "We want to get him in there," Mills said. "He's our long man right now, and we kind of set it up that way coming out of spring training."
Moehler to open season in bullpen
(4/1/2010) Astros manager Brad Mills told MLB.com that Felipe Paulino will be his No. 5 starter and will pitch April 10 as long as he is healthy, which would give Roy Oswalt an extra day of rest. Brian Moehler, who was competing for the fifth starting spot, has been pitching out of the bullpen.
Moehler could lose No. 5 spot
(3/29/2010)Brian Moehler, the preseason favorite to win the Astros' final rotation spot, is facing a stiff challenge from Felipe Paulino. Manager Brad Mills remarked Sunday that Paulino is "starting to set himself apart. He's doing a really good job."
Moehler turns in solid effort
(3/21/2010) Entering the game as a reliever, fifth starter candidate Brian Moehler picked up the win in Houston's 10-7 victory over the Red Sox Sunday. He scattered seven hits over four innings, giving up just two runs.
Moehler hit hard in three innings
(3/17/2010) Astros SP Brian Moehler, who is competing for the final spot in the starting rotation, allowed three runs on six hits in three innings Tuesday at the Yankees, recording two strikeouts. He has a 7.20 ERA in two appearances this spring.
Moehler works out of jam
(3/7/2010) In his spring training debut, SP Brian Moehler gave up four hits and two walks in two innings, but managed to give up just one run in the Astros' 9-4 loss to Atlanta.
(10/13/2009) The Astros and Brian Moehler exercised their mutual options for 2010.
Moehler has knee surgery
(10/6/2009) The Astros right-hander Brian Moehler has had surgery on his right knee. The team said Monday that Moehler should recover for the start of the 2010 season. Moehler missed 18 games in April and May because of a sprained right knee.
Moehler awful in loss Wednesday
(9/30/2009) Houston SP Brian Moehler finished a poor season on Wednesday with a loss to the Phillies. Moehler falls to 8-12 on the season as he allowed seven earned runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out one. His ERA is at 5.47 for the season.
Moehler can't get out of third
(9/26/2009) Houston SP Brian Moehler had a horrible outing on Friday against the Reds and took a 10-4 loss. Moehler lasted only 2 1/3 innings, allowing seven earned runs on eight hits. He struck out two and walked one as his ERA went up to 5.21 on the season with the performance.
Moehler pretty solid in no-decision
(9/19/2009) Astros SP Brian Moehler allowed two runs -- one earned -- on five hits over six innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Brewers. Moehler struck out three and walked two.
Moehler solid in no-decision
(9/12/2009) Astros SP Brian Moehler allowed two runs on seven hits over six innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Pirates. Moehler struck out four and walked three.
Moehler decent in no decision
(9/7/2009) Houston SP Brian Moehler had a decent performance on Monday as his Astros beat the Phillies. Moehler did not factor into the decision as he went 5 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out two. His ERA is at 5.10 on the year.
Moehler out-pitched on Tuesday
(9/1/2009) Houston SP Brian Moehler dropped his 10th decision of the year as he falls to 8-10 after a loss to the Cubs on Tuesday. Moehler allowed three runs in the start but only one was earned against him. He gave up six hits and did not walk a batter over 5 1/3 innings pitched. He struck out two and his ERA is at 5.11 on the year.
(8/27/2009) Houston SP Brian Moehler remained 5-0 against the Cardinals over 10 starts in his career, taking a no decision on Thursday. He's one of only five pitchers and the only active one with 60 or more innings and no losses against St. Louis. Moehler allowed three runs and six hits in six innings, striking out one and walking another.
Moehler ends winless slump Saturday
(8/22/2009) Astros SP Brian Moehler (8-9) allowed two runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings Saturday as Houston defeated the Diamondbacks 4-2. Moehler, who had failed to win in five straight starts coming in, struck out three and walked two.
Moehler drops ninth decision
(8/15/2009) Houston SP Brian Moehler is one loss away from double digits after dropping a decision Saturday to the Milwaukee Brewers. Moehler (7-9) wasn't awful in the start as he allowed three runs to cross on 10 hits over five innings. Two hits per inning isn't very good, though. Moehler walked two and had two strikeouts. His ERA is at 5.40 on the year.
Moehler drops record under .500
(8/10/2009) Houston SP Brian Moehler wasnt at his best on Monday night and the Astros fell to the Marlins as Moehlers record is now at 7-8 on the season. Moehler gave up four earned runs on five hits over five innings. He gave up three bases on balls and struck out three in defeat. His ERA is now at 5.32 on the season with the loss.
Moehler takes loss against Giants
(8/5/2009) Astros starter Brian Moehler pitched six innings in Wednesday's loss to the Giants. He allowed seven runs -- six earned -- off nine hits and a walk. He struck out five batters.
Moehler good enough to win Friday
(8/1/2009) After allowing five earned runs in 4 2/3 innings in his last start, Astros SP Brian Moehler pitched well enough to win Friday at St. Louis. He allowed two runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings, issuing one walk and recording five strikeouts in the no-decision.
Moehler can't get past fifth inning Sun.
(7/26/2009) Astros SP Brian Moehler (7-6) allowed five runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings Sunday as Houston fell 8-3 to the Mets. Moehler struck out two and walked two.
Moehler tops Cardinals Monday
(7/20/2009) Houston SP Brian Moehler was a little better than Kyle Lohse and the Cardinals on Monday night as he earned his seventh victory of the season. Moehler (7-5) gave up two runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings. He walked two and had five strikeouts. His ERA is still high at 4.92.
Moehler defeats Nationals Sunday
(7/12/2009) Houston SP Brian Moehler defeated the Nationals on Sunday in the last game before the All-Star break. Moehler pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings and gave up just seven hits and two walks. He struck out two and his ERA is 5.08.
(7/8/2009) Astros SP Brian Moehler lasted just a little too long during Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Pirates. Moehler entered the seventh in a 2-all tie and opened the inning by retiring Adam A. LaRoche on a grounder. He then walked the next two hitters before being replaced by Tim Byrdak. Both of Moehler's runners scored as Pittsburgh put up a four-spot in the seventh. Moehler was charged with three hits and four runs (three earned) in 6 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out four. He also allowed a homer to Jack Wilson in the third but retired the next 11 batters before the walks in the seventh.
Moehler wins third straight decision
(7/2/2009)Brian Moehler pitched six strong innings and the Astros scored six runs in the fourth inning en route to a 7-1 win over the Padres on Wednesday night. Moehler and two relievers held San Diego to five hits. San Diego has lost 11 of its last 16 home games, and seven of eight against the Astros dating to last season. Moehler (5-4) struck out eight and held San Diego to four hits in winning his third straight decision. His only mistake was allowing Eliezer Alfonzo's homer with two outs in the second.
Moehler will get the call Wednesday
(7/1/2009) With the Astros electing to go with a six-man rotation at least until the All-Star break, SP Brian Moehler will get the nod Wednesday at San Diego.
Moehler hurt by defense behind him
(6/25/2009) Astros SP Brian Moehler allowed four runs, one earned, in a no-decision against the Royals on Thursday afternoon. Moehler gave up five hits over five innings, striking out three and walking two.
Moehler wins second straight start
(6/20/2009) Houston SP Brian Moehler managed to beat the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night. Moehler improved to .500 on the year at 4-4 as he allowed three runs on four hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out three. He actually left the game trailing 3-1 but the Astros scored four times in the top of the 7th to earn him the win. His ERA is at 6.43 on the year now.
Moehler goes six for third win
(6/14/2009)Brian Moehler (3-4) scattered six hits over six innings on Sunday in an 8-3 win over Arizona. The right-hander yielded three runs, struck out two and walked two for his third win of the season. His ERA on the season dropped to 6.66 with the outing.
Moehler blasted by Chicago Tuesday
(6/10/2009) Houston SP Brian Moehler was getting hammered by the Cubs on Tuesday almost before the game even started. Moehler allowed five runs on eight hits and lasted just three innings against Chicago. He took the loss to fall to 2-4 on the season. He walked two and struck out three. His ERA is 6.95.
Moehler gets no decision Wed.
(6/3/2009) Houston SP Brian Moehler allowed four earned runs on seven hits over six frames and the Astros beat the Rockies on Wednesday. Moehler was saddled with a no decision in the game. He walked one and struck out two. His ERA is 6.37 on the year.
Moehler has first CG in nine years
(5/29/2009)Brian Moehler pitched his first complete game in nearly nine years, helping the Houston Astros end a seven-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday. Moehler, who had a 27.00 ERA in his two most recent starts in PNC Park, was two outs away from his first shutout in almost 10 years, or since Aug. 30, 1999, until the Pirates scored on Jason Jaromillo's run-scoring grounder in the ninth. Moehler's last previous complete game, while with the Tigers, was Aug. 8, 2000, against the Orioles. Moehler gave up seven hits, struck out four and walked two in following up a 6-3 loss to Texas on Saturday in which he allowed three home runs.
Moehler roughed up by Rangers
(5/23/2009)Brian Moehler gave up six runs and nine hits in five-plus innings Saturday against Texas. He struck out four batters, walked none and took his third loss of the season.
Moehler picks up first victory
(5/17/2009) Houston SP Brian Moehler won his first game of the season on Sunday over the Cubs. Moehler pitched five innings and gave up three runs on five hits for the win. He walked two and struck out four. Moehler's ERA is 7.71.
Moehler start pushed back to Sunday
(5/15/2009) The Houston Astros' scheduled game against the Chicago Cubs was postponed by rain Friday and will be made up in July. Brian Moehler (0-2, 8.44 ERA) was scheduled to start for Houston against Randy Wells (0-0), who would have made his first start since going five innings without allowing a run last Friday against Milwaukee.
Moehler sharp during no decision
(5/9/2009) Houston SP Brian Moehler was sharp over seven innings on Saturday against the Padres but was saddled with a no decision as his teammates couldn't close the deal on the game until late. Moehler pitched well enough for his team to eventually earn the win, however, as he allowed just one run on five hits. He walked one and had six K's. His ERA is 8.44 on the year.
Moehler returns with strong outing
(5/4/2009) Houston SP Brian Moehler, who came off the DL to make his start on Monday against the Nationals, allowed just two earned runs on eight hits over five innings. He pitched well enough to win but his bullpen let him down. Moehler walked away with the no decision as the Astros lost the game. He walked two and had five strikeouts. His ERA is 14.00 on the season.
Moehler starting against Washington
(5/4/2009) Right-hander Brian Moehler was activated off the 15-day disabled list by the Houston Astros to make Monday's start against the Washington Nationals.
(5/3/2009) The Astros have tweaked their rotation for Fantasy Week 5 (May 4-10). SP Roy Oswalt, who was originally scheduled for just one start against the Cubs, will now start twice, against the Nationals and Padres. Meanwhile, SP Russ Ortiz will lose a start, and will now just start once against the Cubs, while SP Brian Moehler moves up a day.
Moehler to make start on Tuesday
(5/1/2009) Astros SP Brian Moehler is expected to come off the DL and make a start on Tuesday at the Nationals. He will take the spot of Felipe Paulino who will be moved to the bullpen. Manager Cecil Cooper said Moehler and fellow starter Russ Ortiz are veterans who "deserve at least an opportunity to continue pitching in the rotation." He said Paulino is "a guy sitting out there whom we like an awful lot" and will be ready if either veteran falters.
Moehler rocked in second rehab start
(4/29/2009) Astros SP Brian Moehler made his second rehab appearance at Double-A Midland, giving up 11 hits and eight runs in five innings. Moehler went on the DL April 14 with a sprained right knee.
Moehler could return next week
(4/29/2009) From the The Sports Xchange: RHP Brian Moehler, on the DL with a sprained right knee, will make his second and perhaps final rehab start Wednesday night as he tries to reach 100 pitches with Double-A Corpus Christi. "He's been out and he only went one-plus and two-plus innings (before going on the DL), so his pitch count was really down after about two weeks and he didn't have the workload on him," pitching coach Dewey Robinson said. "The first thing I wanted to see was that he felt comfortable with that knee brace on and can push off and get the velocity back to where it was."
Moehler still needs more work
(4/27/2009) From the The Sports Xchange: RHP Brian Moehler, who gave up two runs (one earned) over four innings Friday for Triple-A Round Rock in his first rehab start, will make at least one more rehab start. He will pitch for Double-A Corpus Christi on Wednesday. Wearing a brace to protect the right knee sprain that landed him on the 15-day DL, Moehler threw 44 of his 77 pitches for strikes Friday against New Orleans. "He's got to feel good until he can get his pitch count up there and still maintain velocity and everything and keep his legs under him instead of having his leg issue," Astros manager Cecil Cooper said of Moehler. "It's a little difficult. He needs to get used to that brace and trust that brace. That thing supports him."
Moehler lasts four innings in rehab
(4/24/2009) Astros SP Brian Moehler, who is rehabbing from a knee sprain, appeared in a game for Triple-A Round Rock Friday. He allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits with three walks in four innings. He threw 77 pitches, 45 for strikes.
Moehler to head for rehab Friday
(4/22/2009) Astros SP Brian Moehler is due to make a rehab start for Triple-A Round Rock on Friday. Moehler went on the disabled list last Tuesday with a sprained right knee.
Moehler on DL with sprained knee
(4/15/2009) The Astros placed SP Brian Moehler on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right knee Wednesday, two days after the right-hander had to leave his start against the Pirates. Alberto Arias was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock. Moehler left his start on Monday after 2 1/3 innings because of discomfort in his knee. A MRI taken on Moehler's knee Tuesday showed sprained medial collateral ligament. Moehler, who is 0-2 with a 27.00 ERA in two starts this season, is eligible to come off the disabled list on April 29. He was scheduled to start Sunday against Cincinnati. Houston has not picked a replacement.
Moehler day-to-day with MCL sprain
(4/14/2009) The Houston Chronicle reports that Astros SP Brian Moehler is day-to-day with a sprained MCL. Moehler left Monday's game against the Pirates after 2 1/3 innings with the injury.
Moehler adds injury to insult
(4/13/2009)Brian Moehler (0-2) allowed five runs and seven hits over 2 1/3 innings in his second straight rough outing Monday. Moehler has a 27.00 ERA and has lasted only four innings in two starts. Moehler was lifted with a sprained right knee after giving up Sanchez's second double in three innings, Nate McLouth's RBI single and LaRoche's homer into the right-field seats in the third. Moehler will have an MRI exam on Tuesday. "It's in a bad spot, it's my push-off leg and I'm just not able to drive the ball like I would like to," Moehler said. "It presents a problem when you're a pitcher."
Moehler a disaster against the Cubs
(4/9/2009) Astros SP Brian Moehler lost his first start of the season in particularly brutal fashion Wednesday against the Cubs, allowing seven runs on eight hits in just 1 2/3 innings. He issued one walk and recorded one strikeout.
Moehler has strong close to spring
(4/3/2009) The Astros are counting on Brian Moehler to fill out a rotation with plenty of question marks behind ace Roy Oswalt. Moehler's final spring performance is exactly what the Astros need plenty of during in the regular season from the veteran right-hander. He allowed two hits in five scoreless innings and the Astros beat the Indians 2-0 on Friday night. "It's spring training, you just take it for what it's worth, but I worked on everything," Moehler said. "I tried to get as game ready as I can be. I used all my pitches and threw them in all counts. I'm real happy with where I am."
Moehler does well in return to mound
(3/29/2009) Astros SP Brian Moehler held Toronto to just two runs on seven hits over six innings in a no-decision Sunday. Moehler, who left his last start with shoulder soreness, did not walk or strike out anyone.
Moehler set to pitch Sunday
(3/24/2009) Astros SP Brian Moehler, who left Sunday's game with a bruised right shoulder after being hit by a line drive, is expected to start Sunday.
Moehler drilled on right shoulder
(3/22/2009) Houston SP Brian Moehler enjoyed his first game with Ivan Rodriguez behind the plate in an exhibition game against the Nationals on Sunday. "He mixed the pitches up well. We seem to be on the right page," said Moehler, who threw three hitless innings before leaving with a bruised pitching shoulder. "I know it's difficult for him because he hasn't caught these guys before. It's a learning experience for him as well as us."
Moehler pitching for rotation spot
(3/17/2009) Astros starter Brian Moehler made his fourth start of the spring on Tuesday against the Tigers and allowed four hits in five scoreless innings. He struck out three and walked one to lower his spring ERA to 1.64 in 11 innings.
Moehler not sharp against Braves
(3/10/2009) Houston starter Brian Moehler allowed four hits and four runs - one earned - with three strikeouts and two walks in four innings on Tuesday against the Braves. "My breaking-ball stuff is not there right now," he said. "Curveball, slider, they're sharp - but I can't keep them in the zone right now." Astros manager Cecil Cooper wasn't impressed with Moehler's outing. "He's fine physically," Cooper said. "It's nothing to do with his health, he just missed his spots all day."
Panama doesn't let up on Moehler
(3/5/2009) Astros SP Brian Moehler allowed five runs -- four earned -- on five hits against Team Panama on Thursday, walking one and striking out zero. He allowed one run in two innings in his last spring appearance.
Moehler yields homer in loss
(2/28/2009) Astros SP Brian Moehler allowed just one run -- a solo homer to Brandon Moss in the second inning -- during Saturday's spring start against the Pirates, but it was enough to doom him in a 6-5 loss. Moehler allowed two hits and struck out two in two innings.
Moehler decent in final '08 start
(9/27/2008) Astros SP Brian Moehler, who allowed five earned runs for the third time in four starts Saturday, rebounded with a solid performance in a no decision Friday against the Braves. He allowed two runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings, walking two and striking out two.
Moehler allows five in one inning
(9/20/2008) Astros SP Brian Moehler gave up five earned runs for the third time in four starts Saturday at Pittsburgh, but this time, he lasted a season-low one inning. He allowed five hits in the loss, striking out none and walking none. "They (Moehler's pitches) must have been in the middle of the plate because they all got good swings," manager Cecil Cooper said after Moehler's third loss in four decisions. "I don't have any answer. He's struggled pretty mightily. He hasn't been the same guy." Moehler's explanation? Location, location, location. "I didn't have it. I didn't locate well. I left pitches over the middle of the plate, and they made me pay for it," Moehler said. "I don't know what it is. I can't finish pitches right now."
Moehler gives up five, loses game
(9/15/2008) Astros SP Brian Moehler allowed five runs and six hits in five innings Monday in a loss against the Cubs. He issued a walk and recorded four strikeouts. He has now pitched fewer than six innings in five of his last seven starts.
Moehler goes six for the win
(9/11/2008) Astros SP Brian Moehler allowed two runs and five hits in six innings during a 7-4 win Wednesday against the Pirates. Pittsburgh got their only runs off Moehler via a Adam A. LaRoche homer and Nyjer Morgan RBI double. Moehler didn't walk a batter or record a strikeout.
Moehler tagged for five runs
(9/6/2008) Astros SP Brian Moehler allowed five runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings during Friday's 5-3 loss to the Rockies. Moehler pitched three shutout innings until the Rockies scored three times in the fourth. They scored twice more in the fifth, which included a solo homer from Clint Barmes. Moehler walked three and struck out four.
Moehler up to double-digit wins
(8/31/2008) Astros SP Brian Moehler went six innings and allowed three runs and seven hits Saturday against the Cardinals, striking out a season-high tying six and walking one. He improved to 4-0 in seven career starts against the Cardinals. "Moehler did a little bit of bending," manager Cecil Cooper said. "He did a great job of keeping us close."
(8/29/2008) The Houston Astros extended the contracts of pitcher Brian Moehler and outfielder Darin Erstad through the 2009 season. "They both epitomize the professionalism we pride ourselves on," general manager Ed Wade said. "They're also very talented guys. Their presence on the club speaks for itself."
First-inning HR plagues Moehler
(8/25/2008) Astros SP Brian Moehler allowed a three-run homer to Carlos Delgado in the first inning Monday against the Mets and it was enough to doom him in a 9-1 loss. Moehler allowed six hits and four runs in 5 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out four. It was his first loss since July 4.
Moehler still on roll, wins again
(8/20/2008) Astros SP Brian Moehler extended his winning streak to five games by allowing one earned run on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings Tuesday at Milwaukee. The right-hander struck out four and walked one to beat Milwaukee for the first time since Aug. 25, 2006. He was 0-3 in his last eight starts against the Brewers, including 0-2 this season.
Moehler win streak ends at three
(8/14/2008) Astros SP Brian Moehler saw his three-game win streak end Thursday with a no-decision against the Giants. Moehler allowed four runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings with one strikeout and no walks.
Moehler's good moundwork continues
(8/10/2008) Astros SP Brian Moehler, who pitched five shutout innings last time out in a rain-shortened start at the Cubs, looked brilliant again Saturday at Cincinnati. He allowed one run on five hits in seven innings, striking out three and walking none. The win upped his record to 8-4.
Moehler brilliant in shortened game
(8/5/2008) Astros SP Brian Moehler pitched five scoreless innings before having to leave because of a rain delay Monday at the Cubs. He allowed four hits and recorded four strikeouts en route to his seventh victory.
Moehler almost has complete game
(7/29/2008)Brian Moehler came within one out of a complete game in the Houston Astros' 6-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. Moehler (6-4) allowed seven hits, one walk and struck out three in 8 2/3 innings, his longest outing of the season. Jeff Keppinger doubled and scored in the ninth for Cincinnati, and after Moehler gave up a single to Jay Bruce and a walk to Javier Valentin, Houston manager Cecil Cooper brought in Wesley Wright to relieve. Cooper was booed when he came out to replace Moehler, who got a standing ovation as he walked slowly back to the dugout. Wright struck out Joey Votto for the final out and his first save.
Moehler puts up stinker on Wednesday
(7/23/2008) Houston starter Brian Moehler had one of his worst performances of the season on Wednesday against the Pirates. Moehler allowed nine hits -- the most he's allowed all season in 14 starts -- and six runs -- five earned -- in just 2 1/3 innings of work.
Moehler pitches well in ND Friday
(7/19/2008) Houston starter Brian Moehler pitched well on Friday against the Cubs, but he couldn't earn the win in the 'Stros 2-1 victory. Still, he gave up just four hits and a run in seven strong innings. He walked one and struck out three.
Moehler to start Friday
(7/16/2008) Astros SP Brian Moehler will start for the Astros in Friday's post-break opener against the Cubs. Roy Oswalt was supposed to start the game, but he has been pushed back to at least next week.
Oswalt won't pitch Friday
(7/13/2008) MLB.com reports that Astros SP Roy Oswalt will not be able to make his scheduled start on Friday against the Cubs as his hip is still bothering him. Brian Moehler will get the start instead. "He won't do any throwing until after the break," said manager Cecil Cooper, who will wait until at least Friday to make a decision on when Oswalt will try and make his next start.
Moehler wins thanks to late rally
(7/9/2008) Astros SP Brian Moehler left Wednesday's game against the Pirates after six innings and in a 4-all game. He eventually ended up with the win as Houston scored twice in the seventh and it stood up in a 6-4 victory. Moehler allowed seven hits and four runs while walking one and striking out three. It was his first win in three starts.
Moehler not at his best at Atlanta
(7/5/2008) Astros SP Brian Moehler, who entered with a 1.47 ERA over his last three starts, gave up five runs and six hits in six innings Friday at Atlanta, walking three and striking out one. He suffered the loss, falling to 4-4.
Moehler reaches 100 pitches Sunday
(6/29/2008) Astros SP Brian Moehler hit 100 pitches for the first time in 2008 Sunday against the Red Sox, but still walked away with a no decision. Jason Varitek drew a one-out walk in the sixth and went to third on Julio Lugo's single to right. Moehler struck out Josh Beckett on pitch No. 111 before manager Cecil Cooper replaced him with left-hander Wesley Wright. Moehler tipped his cap to the cheering crowd as he walked to the dugout. He allowed just a Dustin Pedroia homer and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out five. Moehler left with a 2-1 lead that was erased in the seventh inning.
Moehler solid in victory Tuesday
(6/25/2008) Houston SP Brian Moehler had retired seven in a row before he walked Frank Catalanotto in the fourth inning Tuesday. Moehler allowed five hits and one run with five strikeouts and picked up his fourth win on the season to go with three losses. "He's been really, really good for us," manager Cecil Cooper said. "He had been real effective. Moehler was just outstanding to hold them to one run."
Moehler loses out in pitcher's duel
(6/18/2008) Houston SP Brian Moehler gave up a solo home run to former teammate Luke Scott Wednesday and the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Astros, 2-1. Moehler allowed five hits, struck out four and walked two in 6 1/3 innings of a pitcher's duel featuring him and Orioles SP Jeremy Guthrie. He earned a no decision on the night.
Moehler hit hard by Brewers
(6/12/2008) Houston starter Brian Moehler lasted just 4 2/3 innings Thursday in a 9-6 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. Moehler (3-3) picked up the loss and gave up seven hits and seven earned runs. He walked three and struck out just one. His ERA is 4.76.
Moehler has best outing
(6/7/2008) Houston starter Brian Moehler (3-2) had his best outing in six starts this season, allowing two hits and striking out five in seven innings. He set down the Cardinals in order four times and retired the last eight batters he faced. His ERA lowered to 3.76 with the performance.
Moehler can't go beyond five again
(6/1/2008) Astros SP Brian Moehler, recently promoted to the rotation full time, suffered his second loss Saturday at Milwaukee. He wound up allowing three runs on six hits in five innings, walking one and striking out six.
Moehler staying in rotation
(5/27/2008) When Wandy Rodriguez returns from the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday, Chris Sampson will be the odd man out in the Astros rotation. Manager Cecil Cooper said Tuesday that Brian Moehler, who's made four solid starts since Rodriguez was sidelined by a left groin injury on April 20, will be the fifth starter. That pushes Sampson, 3-3 with a 6.04 ERA to the bullpen. "He says at this point it's maybe not permanent," Sampson said. "It may be permanent. This game is a funny game and anything can happen. I'm not going to get down. I'm still here in the big leagues, still living a dream."
Moehler goes six to win best start
(5/25/2008) Astros SP Brian Moehler gave up four hits and one walk with three strikeouts, allowing three runs -- two earned -- in six innings Saturday against the Phillies in his best outing in four starts since he replaced injured Wandy Rodriguez in the rotation. He recorded the victory, moving to 2-1.
Moehler handed first loss Monday
(5/19/2008) Astros RP Brian Moehler pitched five strong innings Monday against the Cubs, but an inside-the-park homer by Gevoany Soto was his undoing in a 7-2 loss. Soto was credited with a three-run, inside-the-park homer in the fourth inning despite replays showing that it should have been an automatic home run. The ball bounced just to the right of the yellow line on the wall in left-center field at Minute Maid Park. Astros center fielder Michael Bourn scooped it up and threw it home, but Soto scored easily before the throw got there. Moehler pitched three scoreless innings before Soto's homer. Moehler was charged with seven hits and two walks while striking out one.
Moehler takes no decision vs. Giants
(5/15/2008) Astros RP Brian Moehler was back on the hill Wednesday against the Giants after winning his first start since September 2006 on Friday against the Dodgers. Moehler allowed three runs and eight hits in five innings, but this time took a no decision. Moehler had a 3-0 lead going into the second before San Francisco sent eight hitters to the plate and scored three times. The big blow was a two-run homer by Aaron Rowand. Moehler didn't issue a walk and struck out two.
Moehler goes five shutout to win
(5/10/2008) Astros P Brian Moehler struck out five and walked one to pick up the win Friday at the Dodgers in his first start since Sept. 29, 2006 with the Marlins. He has spent the majority of his big-league career as a starter, though has been used exclusively in relief since rejoining the Astros in January 2007. "I'm at a point in my career where I really just want to go to the playoffs. And whatever role there is, whether it's reliever or starter or both, it doesn't matter to me. I enjoy either role," Moehler said. "Am I capable of starting? Yeah, but I'm probably not capable of giving them 32-35 starts anymore." Moehler pitched five shutout innings, allowing five hits.
Moehler preparing himself for start
(5/8/2008)The Sports Xchange reports that Astros RP Brian Moehler threw 40 pitches in two innings in a simulated game Wednesday afternoon in preparation for his spot start Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. It will be his first start since Sept. 29, 2006. "I told them I would start or relieve or whatever," said Moehler, who threw 65 pitches in a simulated game Saturday. "I've been playing for 11 years now and have never been in the playoffs, so I'll do whatever it takes."
(5/7/2008) According to the Sports Xchange notes: GM Ed Wade said LH SP Wandy Rodriguez is not close to returning. "We're probably looking at it being awhile at this point," he said. "It's going to be a couple of weeks before he's ready to pitch in the big leagues." RHP Brian Moehler will start Friday's series opener against the Dodgers.
Moehler might make spot start
(5/5/2008) MLB.com reports the Astros have delayed the return of SP Wandy Rodriguez from a strained left groin. "He was going to throw a simulated game (Saturday), but we decided not to do it," Astros manager Cecil Cooper. "The doctor said it was probably better if we hold off on it. We're going to wait and see how he is in a couple of days." The Astros were expecting Rodriguez to be activated from the DL Monday and possibly return for a three-game series against the Nationals starting Tuesday. That's no longer the case and Brian Moehler might make a spot start later in the week in place of Rodriguez.
Moehler might get start on Friday
(5/5/2008)The Sports Xchange reports that Astros RP Brian Moehler appreciated the three-inning simulated game he threw Saturday in anticipation of possibly starting Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. "I could (start) if they needed me," Moehler said after the three-inning simulated game. "Basically I just wanted to get some pitches in." Because he's usually held back in case of an emergency or if a starter is bumped early, Moehler doesn't get much work other than through bullpen sessions. "I feel good. I kind of enjoy it," he said of the simulated game. "I'd rather do that than throw bullpen (sessions)."
Astros opt to hang on to Moehler
(3/29/2008) The Astros have elected to keep RP Brian Moehler going into the season. Moehler had a 4.41 ERA in 16 1/3 innings this spring.
Moehler joins race in Astros camp
(3/13/2008) MLB.com reports a dark horse candidate has emerged in the race for a spot in the Astros' rotation -- veteran Brian Moehler. The veteran entered camp as a non-roster invitee and wasn't one of the initial 11 candidates up for a rotation job. However, injuries and inconsistency have forced manager Cecil Cooper to take a look at Moehler. GM Ed Wade and Cooper plan to meet Friday to discuss the move. "Brian's done a nice job down here," Wade said. "It doesn't hurt us in any fashion to (consider him for the rotation). There's plenty of pitching opportunities left between now and the season to potentially let that happen."
Astros invite two more to spring
(1/29/2008) The Astros signed RHP Brian Moehler and UTL David Newhan to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training.
(11/8/2007) Among the Astros to file free agency: UTL Mark Loretta, RP Trever Miller, RP Brian Moehler and PH/OF Orlando Palmeiro.
Moehler picks up rare save
(8/3/2007) Brian Moehler earned his first save with a scoreless 14th at Atlanta Thursday.
Moehler bombed by the Dodgers
(7/24/2007) The Astros bullpen, which had allowed just one run in 21 2/3 innings over the past eight games, got hit hard in Monday's game against the Dodgers Dave Borkowski relieved Sampson and allowed three runs and five hits in two innings, and Brian Moehler gave up four hits in the ninth, including a three-run homer by James Loney. "I am disappointed," manager Phil Garner said. "We are disappointed to come back home, where we have been playing pretty good ball and I felt like (Sunday's) game might have helped us a little bit, but we just didn't muster any offense (Monday)."
Moehler finally sees more action
(5/21/2007) RHP Brian Moehler worked for the first time in 10 days on Sunday and gave six hits and five runs, including two home runs, in 1 1/3 innings in a 14-1 loss to the Texas Rangers.
Moehler solid in relief Tuesday
(5/2/2007) Brian Moehler allowed one hit and struck out two in 2 2/3 innings Tuesday.
Rainout resets Astros' rotation
(4/15/2007) A rainout Sunday has reshuffled the Astros rotation. Wandy Rodriguez will go Monday, followed by Roy Oswalt, Chris Sampson and Woody Williams. Brian Moehler is the probable fill-in starter for the TBD on Friday for Jason Jennings (forearm), who will miss a couple of starts.
White, Moehler end up in bullpen
(3/31/2007) Houston set its 25-man roster by purchasing the contracts of relievers Rick White and Brian Moehler on Saturday. They will pitch out of the bullpen to open the season.
Moehler keeps Yanks bats in check
(3/28/2007) Houston SP Brian Moehler allowed two runs and six hits in six innings, struck out two and walked one during Wednesday's spring game against the Yankees. Moehler is 2-0 with a 4.15 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 21 2/3 spring innings.
Moehler not sharp in last outing
(3/25/2007) Astros RHP Brian Moehler didn't help his chances to make the team's rotation on March 22 against the Nationals. He gave up eight hits and six runs (two earned), including a three-run homer to Washington's Ryan Church, although he struck out five in 3 2/3 innings. "I could have pitched better obviously, but they were hacking," Moehler said.
Moehler has another strong outing
(3/11/2007) Astros starter Brian Moehler allowed one hit and a walk in four innings to shut down the Devil Rays, who didn't score until the ninth inning and managed five hits in the game.
Moehler works three scoreless
(3/6/2007) Right-hander Brian Moehler, in contention for the Astros' final rotation spot, started Tuesday's spring game against the Mets and turned in three scoreless innings. He allowed two hits while striking out one.
Moehler part of rotation competition
(2/16/2007) More than a half dozen pitchers reported to Kissimmee this week with realistic shots at landing the No. 4 or No. 5 spots in the Astros rotation. But none of them are sure bets, creating the fiercest competition of the spring at Astros camp. Wandy Rodriguez and Chris Sampson lead the pack, but other contenders include Brian Moehler, a 10-year veteran who started 21 games for the Florida Marlins last season; Fernando Nieve, who started 11 games last season before hyperextending his right elbow; Matt Albers, a 24-year-old who lost his only two major league starts last season, but went 12-3 in 23 starts in the minors; Dave Borkowski, who didn't start a game last season but went 3-2 with a 4.69 ERA in 40 relief appearances and Ezequiel Astacio, who went 8-4 with a 4.86 ERA in 17 starts at Triple-A Round Rock in 2006.
Moehler brings experience to Houston
(2/11/2007) RHP Brian Moehler, who signed a minor league contract with the Astros in January, will be given a shot to make the rotation. Moehler, 35, went 7-11 with a 6.57 ERA in 29 games (21 starts) for Florida last year. He brings a veteran presence the other rotation contenders don't have. "I wouldn't say that necessarily gives him a leg up," GM Tim Purpura said. "Certainly experience is important."
Astros open up battle for No. 5 SP
(2/7/2007) There are five candidates expected to compete for the final two spots in the Reds' pitching rotation: LHP Wandy Rodriguez, RHP Fernando Nieve, RHP Chris Sampson, RHP Matt Albers and RHP Brian Moehler.
Moehler a familiar face for Astros
(1/25/2007) Brian Moehler, who pitched three games for the Astros in 2003 before he underwent season-ending right elbow surgery, signed a one-year, $500,000 minor league deal Friday to return to Houston in 2007. A year after earning $1.5 million with the Marlins, Moehler, 35, will head to camp as a non-roster invitee to compete for a spot at the back end of the rotation or in the bullpen. "He's a face from the past," Astros general manager Tim Purpura said. "A guy we know. Again, it's funny. He's a guy that was extremely motivated to come play with us. I just talked to him, and he said, 'I just want to win. I want a chance to win.' He was saying how much he likes this club."
Astros give Moehler minor deal
(1/21/2007) Right-hander Brian Moehler agreed Friday to a minor league contract with the Astros. He has a career record of 63-79 with a 4.78 ERA, with 10 complete games and six shutouts.
Ohka among FA pitchers to file
(10/30/2006) The following pitchers have filed for free agency through Sunday: Tony Armas, Joe Borowski, Roger Clemens, Octavio Dotel, Adam Eaton, Alan Embree, Shawn Estes, Jesse Foppert, Aaron Fultz, Matt Herges, Orlando Hernandez, Jason Johnson, Ray King, Brian Lawrence, Ted Lilly, Steve Kline, Gil Meche, Tom Martin, Brian Moehler, Tomo Ohka, Russ Ortiz, David Riske, J.C. Romero, Rudy Seanez, Jason Schmidt, Justin Speier, Mike Stanton, Steve Trachsel, David Weathers, Rick White, Randy Wolf and Kerry Wood.
Moehler has poor start again
(9/29/2006) SP Brian Moehler (7-11) gave up seven runs in 3 1/3 innings Friday, hiking his ERA to 6.57. The Phillies beat the Marlins 14-2. Moehler went 0-6 in his final eight starts. He walked two and struck out no one on Friday.
(9/23/2006) SP Brain Moehler allowed four runs and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings Saturday as Florida lost to the Phillies 8-6. Moehler struck out one and walked one. He is now 7-10 on the season.
Moehler gives up three in loss
(9/19/2006) Marlins pitcher Brian Moehler allowed three earned runs in five innings of work during the Marlins' 4-0 loss at the N.Y. Mets. He took the loss, despite getting four strike outs. He gave up five hits in his five innings and allowed two home runs to Jose Valentin.
Moehler has short outing
(9/9/2006) Florida P Brian Moehler allowed two runs and six hits in four innings on Saturday vs. Philadelphia. He walked two and struck out two. He factored in with a no-decision as the Marlins won 4-3 in 10 innings.
B. Moehler makes spot start
(9/4/2006) Brian Moehler, making a spot start with rookie right-hander Ricky Nolasco sidelined by a sore hamstring, allowed seven hits and five runs in five innings. Moehler's ERA in 17 starts this season rose to 6.95.
Moehler gets nod for Monday
(9/2/2006) Marlins RHP Ricky Nolasco (11-9, 4.75 ERA) was scratched from Monday's start against Arizona with a sore right hamstring. RHP Brian Moehler (7-8, 6.04 ERA) will start in his place.
Moehler remains stuck in relief
(8/20/2006) All five Marlins starters will go in succession, despite a day off Thursday. Also, the six-man rotation plans are not imminent. Perhaps that will be a go when they have a week when they don't have a day off. Brian Moehler would be the first to get the No. 6 nod, before long reliever Sergio Mitre.
Moehler remains stuck in relief
(8/14/2006) There appears to be no imminent addition of a sixth starter to the Marlins' rotation -- Brian Moehler or Sergio Mitre -- at this point.
Moehler not No. 6 starter yet
(8/6/2006) All five Marlins starters (four rookies) will go in turn this week. Manager Joe Girardi has been entertaining thoughts of adding Brian Moehler to make it a six-man rotation, but that won't happen until after Fantasy Week 19 (Aug. 7-13), though.
Moehler in bullpen, for now
(8/2/2006) Manager Joe Girardi said he's considering a six-man rotation beginning later this month to keep his young pitchers fresh. Recently activated RHP Brian Moehler will go to the bullpen for now but might rejoin the rotation as the sixth starter, Girardi said.
Brian Moehler falls to 5-8
(7/31/2006) Moehler (sprained right foot) was able to make his start on Sunday in the second game of a doubleheader at Philadelphia. He allowed four earned runs and five hits in just 5 1/3 innings to take the loss and fall to 5-8. On a positive note, he did not walk a batter and struck out six.
Moehler returns for Sunday start
(7/27/2006) Brian Moehler is set to come off the DL Sunday, but the Marlins haven't decided whether he will pitch the first or second game of a split doubleheader at Philadelphia. Moehler has been on the DL since July 2 with a sprained right foot. Giradi said Moehler "threw great" in a rehab appearance Monday. "I imagine Sunday he'll be able to give us 85 to 90 pitches," Giradi said. "Obviously you hope that's six or seven innings. But getting him back, I think, is helpful. The most important thing is that he pitches Sunday and he's healthy."
Moehler returns for Sunday start
(7/26/2006) Manager Joe Girardi said he expects to have RHP Brian Moehler return from the DL to start a game in Sunday's doubleheader at Philadelphia. Moehler is returning from a sprained right foot and has been on the DL since July 2. Giradi said Moehler "threw great" in a rehab appearance Monday. "I imagine Sunday he'll be able to give us 85 to 90 pitches," Giradi said. "Obviously you hope that's six or seven innings. But getting him back, I think, is helpful. The most important thing is that he pitches Sunday and he's healthy."
Moehler rehabs Mon., returns Sun.?
(7/23/2006) Brian Moehler will throw a rehab assignment on Monday in a Gulf Coast League game at Port St. Lucie, according to MLB.com. He will throw 75 pitches and will likely start in the doubleheader July 30 at Philadelphia against Ryan Madson or Randy Wolf (elbow). Anibal Sanchez will start the other game.
Moehler throws off a mound
(7/16/2006) Brian Moehler (foot) was able to throw off of a mound on Friday for the first time since July 1. "It feels better, but I still feel it a little bit," Moehler told the Miami Herald.
Moehler has no structural damage
(7/4/2006) Brian Moehler, on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right foot, has no structural damage to the foot, manager Joe Girardi said before Monday's game. Girardi said he did not know if Moehler would return when he is eligible after the all-star break, and he did not know who would replace him as Wednesday's starter against Washington.
Moehler lands on 15-day DL
(7/2/2006) The Marlins placed Brian Moehler (toe) on the 15-day DL prior to Sunday's game vs. the Red Sox one day after he was forced to leave his start two outs into his outing.
Moehler leaves start early
(7/1/2006) Florida starter Brian Moehler left two outs into his start against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday with a sore right big toe. He threw 32 pitches, giving up three hits - including a three-run homer to Manny Ramirez - and two walks to seven batters. After the second walk, pitching coach Rick Kranitz visited the mound, and manager Joe Girardi was summoned moments later. Following a brief conversation, Girardi motioned to the bullpen for rookie right-hander Anibal Sanchez, who made his second major league appearance. The game was delayed six minutes while Sanchez quickly warmed up.
Moehler still in rotation, for now
(6/28/2006) Manager Joe Girardi said RHP Brian Moehler likely will start Saturday night against Boston. If Moehler is needed for long relief before then, RHP Anibal Sanchez could start in Moehler's place. Sanchez beat the Yankees in his major league debut Sunday night.
Marlins' Moehler to get skipped
(6/27/2006) While discussing his rotation, manager Joe Girardi said only that Dontrelle Willis will start Friday vs. Boston, Josh Johnson will start Sunday and Saturday's starter was undecided. Brian Moehler, whose rotation turn is Friday, apparently will be skipped.
Moehler stumbles at N.Y. Yankees
(6/23/2006) Brian Moehler allowed six runs -- four earned -- and eight hits in just four innings in Friday's game at N.Y. Yankees. He also walked four batters and struck out two as his record fell to 5-6 and saw his ERA rise to 6.43.
Moehler goes seven strong
(6/17/2006) Brian Moehler pitched seven strong innings as the Florida Marlins defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 on Saturday for their seventh straight victory. Moehler (5-5) allowed two runs and five hits while striking out four for his fifth win in six decisions.
Moehler wins in San Diego
(6/11/2006) Brian Moehler allowed two runs and eight hits over seven innings at San Diego on Sunday, as he won for the fourth time in five decisions. He also walked four and struck out five batters.
Brian Moehler takes loss
(6/6/2006) Brian Moehler, facing the same team in consecutive starts for the 14th time in his career, allowed eight runs and 10 hits in four innings and didn't have a strikeout on Monday at San Francisco. He had won his previous three decisions following a four-game losing streak and beat the Giants last Tuesday.
Moehler wins one against Giants
(5/31/2006) Marlins SP Brian Moehler pitched six innings Tuesday vs. the Giants, allowing two earned runs, six hits and a walk while striking out three. Despite winning his third decision in four starts, his ERA is still high at 6.38.
Moehler notches win No. 2
(5/24/2006) Marlins SP Brian Moehler went seven innings vs. the Cubs Wednesday, giving up eight hits and three earned runs but walked just one and struck out three.
(5/20/2006) Marlins starter Brian Moehler pitched seven strong innings, allowing three runs on six hits Friday at Tampa Bay. He walked one and struck in the no-decision.
Moehler finally gets a win
(5/14/2006) Brian Moehler won for the first time in 23 games since last July, taking a shutout into the eighth inning as the Florida Marlins opened an early eight-run lead in beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-2 Sunday. Moehler (1-4) came into the game without a win since July 20 and had some of the worst numbers of any starting pitcher in the majors -- an 0-4 record, 9.76 ERA and .368 opponents batting average. But he was in control from the start against the Pirates, who now own the NL's worst record at 11-27.
Moehler hammered by the Braves
(5/10/2006) Brian Moehler allowed seven earned runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings on Tuesday against the Braves to fall to 0-4 and see his ERA rise to 9.76. "Nobody feels sorry for us. It's just the way it is," Moehler said. "It's sports. We need to go out and play better."
Moehler has tough outings vs. Braves
(5/9/2006) RHP Brian Moehler, who starts Tuesday against the Braves, has not won a start against Atlanta since Sept. 1, 1997, while pitching for the Tigers.
Moehler throws three wild pitches
(5/4/2006) Florida starter Brian Moehler threw three wild pitches and hit three batsmen at Washington Wednesday. He allowed three earned runs on nine hits in four innings, but he wasn't the pitcher of record at the end of the game.
Moehler turning it around?
(5/2/2006) Even though Brian Moehler wasn't involved in the decision on Friday night against the Rockies, the right-hander made major strides correcting some glitches in his delivery. In six innings, Moehler gave up two runs, but more importantly, he kept the ball down in the zone and worked both sides of the plate. "He broke a couple of bats with the cutter," catcher Miguel Olivo told MLB.com. "I hadn't caught him in a long time but he looked great to me. He was putting the ball in the right spots. For me, what I see, he looked tough on the hitters."
Moehler starts in place of Mitre
(4/29/2006) Brian Moehler started in place of Sergio Mitre on Friday, who has been nursing a sore right big toe. Mitre's next start was pushed back to Sunday. Moehler limited Colorado to two runs in six innings, reducing his ERA from 13.14 to 9.82.
Brian Moehler gets skipped
(4/24/2006) Saturday's rainout in Philadelphia posed a tough decision for manager Joe Girardi about the Marlins' three-game series that starts Monday in Chicago: Give Cubs hitters a possible advantage by starting three consecutive left-handed pitchers, or break up the trio with struggling right-hander Brian Moehler. He chose to pass on Moehler (0-3, 13.14 ERA) and start left-hander Jason Vargas. Moehler's next start will be Sunday against the Rockies at Dolphin Stadium, giving him 12 days of rest since his last start, April 17 in Cincinnati.
Moehler could be skipped
(4/22/2006) Rain forced postponement Saturday of the game between the Florida Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies and a pitching matchup of Sergio Mitre and Brett Myers. The rainout pushed Mitre (1-1) and Myers (1-0) back a day and they are expected to pitch on Sunday.
Moehler pushed back to Monday
(4/22/2006) Marlins manager Joe Girardi will have LHP Jason Vargas start Sunday and he pushed RHP Brian Moehler back a day and he will start Monday against the Cubs.
Moehler going to the bullpen?
(4/19/2006) After another shoddy start that raised his ERA to 13.14, right-hander Brian Moehler said it's possible the team will send him to the bullpen. "It could happen," Moehler said. "I'll do whatever they ask me to." The most likely candidates to join the rotation if Moehler is sent to the bullpen would be Josh Johnson or Ricky Nolasco, two rookie right-handers who primarily have been starters in the minors and have had success in the bullpen early this season.
Moehler has another bad night
(4/17/2006) Brian Moehler (0-3) had another bad night in his uncharacteristically rough April on Monday vs. the Reds. Heading into this season, the right-hander had a winning career record in April -- his only such month. Moehler gave up eight runs in five-plus innings, falling to 0-3 in three starts with a 13.14 ERA. Moehler has given up at least six runs in each of his starts.
Moehler has another stinker start
(4/12/2006) Fans endured another afternoon of poor pitching, with Brian Moehler (0-2) allowing six runs, five earned, in 5 1/3 innings. That reduced his ERA to 13.50, but the team ERA rose to 5.31.
Moehler paddled by the Astros
(4/6/2006) Brian Moehler allowed six earned runs and six hits in just two innings on Wednesday at Houston to take the loss. "My location was horrible," Moehler said. "My mechanics are out of whack right now and it's very frustrating." He might actually miss a start to work on those mechanics after Wednesday.
Moehler roughed up by Yankees
(3/18/2006) Brian Moehler allowed seven hits and eight earned runs in 3 1-3 innings on Saturday vs. the New York Yankees.
Brian Moehler wants to step up
(3/14/2006) According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Brian Moehler, who gave up four hits and four unearned runs in his third game and second start Monday, is hoping for a few more at-bats this spring in an effort to improve his offensive skills. If the home team agrees, the designated hitter can be used in spring training. "We have a lot of extra guys, and it is important that position players get at-bats," said Moehler, who has a career average of .043. "This is the first time that I've seen the DH in every game. Before the games started, the pitchers were seeing live pitching about four days [per] week to work on hitting and bunting."
Moehler allows four unearned runs
(3/13/2006) SP Brian Moehler gave up four hits and four unearned runs over three innings in the team's loss to the Baltimore Orioles Monday.
Moehler's changeup working for him
(3/9/2006) RHP Brian Moehler continued working on his changeup Wednesday with good results. In three innings of relief, he allowed one hit and struck out two.
Moehler has rotation spot to lose
(2/20/2006) Returning starters Jason Vargas and Brian Moehler are expected to remain in the rotation for the Marlins.
Moehler re-signed by Marlins
(12/8/2005) The Marlins have re-signed Brian Moehler to a one-year contract late on Wednesday.
Moehler finishes in losing skid
(9/29/2005) Brian Moehler (6-12) allowed seven runs and six hits in 3 1/3 innings. He has lost six consecutive decisions and hasn't won since July 20. "I think over the last part of the year he wasn't as sharp; he may have been tired," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said of Moehler. "Most of the time he has pretty good control. He has shown that he can be a good fifth starter."
Moehler to get start vs. Nats
(9/28/2005) With the Marlins out of the playoff race, RHP Josh Beckett won't pitch again this season, manager Jack McKeon said. Beckett has been bothered by shoulder tendinitis.
Moehler won't get start Friday
(9/27/2005) The Marlins dismissed Burnett on Monday from the team after derogogatory comments he made about the organization Sunday, according to the Miami Herald. Brian Moehler will not be used in his place Friday vs. Atlanta. Instead the Marlins will take a look at prospect Josh Johnson.
Moehler loses rotation spot
(8/23/2005) RHP Ismael Valdez will pitch Thursday at Milwaukee, replacing RHP Brian Moehler, who lasted only two-plus innings in his most recent start last Saturday.
Moehler gets early gate Sat.
(8/21/2005) Brian Moehler, bidding for Florida's fourth shutout in a row, lasted only two-plus innings and gave up four runs Saturday.
(8/13/2005) Manager Jack McKeon said he wants a start every fifth day the rest of the way from his top three pitchers - Dontrelle Willis, A.J. Burnett and Josh Beckett.
Marlins' Moehler to start Friday
(7/10/2005) Manager Jack McKeon said he would likely go with RHP Brian Moehler starting Friday after the All-Star break. LHP Dontrelle Willis, a candidate to start for the National League on Tuesday in Detroit, will make his next start on the weekend. "Depending on what he does in the All-Star game ... he'll either go Saturday or Sunday," McKeon said.
Moehler sharp in loss
(6/28/2005) Brian Moehler allowed three earned runs and seven hits in seven innings against the Braves on Monday, but he was saddled with the loss.
Moehler gives up one run
(6/18/2005) Brian Moehler allowed one earned run on seven hits in 8 1/3 innings at the Angels Friday. He did not factor into the decision. Moehler, again lacking offensive support, is winless in his last seven starts.
Moehler hitting the wall?
(6/13/2005) Brian Moehler allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings of work in a loss to the Rangers on Sunday and complained of a heavy arm after the game.
Rangers knock off Moehler
(6/12/2005) Brian Moehler allowed four earned runs, seven hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings in Sunday's game against the Rangers to fall to 2-4.
Moehler loses to Pirates
(6/2/2005) Brian Moehler allowed five earned runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings at Pittsburgh for his third loss of the season Wednesday.
Moehler lowers ERA to 1.97
(5/27/2005) Brian Moehler allowed four hits and one run in eight innings Friday against the Mets. He struck out six and did not walk anybody, but was bested by Pedro Martinez's eight shutout innings.
Moehler continues effective pitching
(5/11/2005) Brian Moehler allowed four hits and one run in six innings Tuesday against the Astros. He struck out four and walked a pair, but was awarded a no-decision.
Moehler relegated to long relief
(5/1/2005) The Phillies scored twice in the fifth against current Marlins No. 5 starter Brian Moehler, who was working in relief of battered Josh Beckett on Sunday.
Moehler skipped after snowouts
(4/28/2005) Dontrelle Willis replaced Brian Moehler as Saturday's starter against the Phillies.
Moehler might get another start
(4/14/2005) Brian Moehler has already made one start in place of Ismael Valdez, who was placed on the 15-day DL on Thursday, retroactive to April 4, with a leg fracture. Now it is likely Moehler will face the Nationals on Tuesday, if Valdez isn't cleared to pitch.
Moehler starts Saturday
(4/10/2005) Brian Moehler started against Washington in place of Ismael Valdez (leg). He allowed two earned runs on three hits and did not factor into the decision.
Moehler to start on Saturday
(4/8/2005) Brian Moehler will start Saturday's game against the Nationals in place of Ismael Valdez (bruised right leg).
Moehler bidding for bullpen spot
(3/21/2005) Right-hander Brian Moehler is a candidate to make a spot start in April for the Marlins. Moehler, a non-roster invitee, allowed two hits in 3 1/3 scoreless innings Sunday and has a 2.07 ERA in four games. He is recovering from Tommy John surgery from 2003.
Moehler transferred to 60-day DL
(6/30/2003) The Astros transferred Brian Moehler (elbow surgery) from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list on Saturday.
Moehler undergoes elbow surgery
(5/29/2003) Brian Moehler underwent season-ending ligament replacement (Tommy John) surgery on Thursday, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Moehler to have second opinion
(5/24/2003) Brian Moehler, who has a tear in the medial collateral ligament in his right elbow, will get a second opinion on whether to have Tommy John surgery or undergo extensive rehabilitation work.
Bad news for Brian Moehler
(12:29 am ET) An MRI Wednesday revealed that Moehler has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow.
Moehler to undergo MRI
(5/21/2003) Brian Moehler, who left a rehab start Monday with elbow discomfort, will undergo an MRI on Monday, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Moehler continues to progress
(5/18/2003) Brian Moehler (elbow tendinitis) had a 15-minute bullpen session on Friday and there were no setbacks, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Rehab nearing for Moehler
(5/15/2003) The Houston Chronicle says Brian Moehler (elbow) pitched in a simulated game on Wednesday. He will throw in a bullpen session on Friday.
Moehler to pitch simulated game
(5/13/2003) The Houston Chronicle says Brian Moehler (elbow) will throw a simulated game on Tuesday.
Bullpen session for Moehler
(5/11/2003) Brian Moehler (elbow tendinitis) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday, according to the Houston Chronicle. It will be his third session since being placed on the 15-day disabled list.
More work for Moehler
(5/8/2003) The Houston Chronicle notes Brian Moehler (elbow) threw in a bullpen session on Wednesday. He will throw in another session on Saturday and pitch in a simulated game early next week.
(5/6/2003) The Houston Chronicle says Brian Moehler (elbow) threw in a bullpen session on Monday. He might throw again on Wednesday.
Moehler might start throwing program
(4/30/2003) Brian Moehler (elbow) had a cortisone shot early this week and might begin a throwing program on Thursday, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Moehler placed on DL
(4/25/2003) Brian Moehler was placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to April 17. The Houston Chronicle says he will get a cortisone shot for his right elbow.
Moehler is nearing return
(4/21/2003) The Houston Chronicle says Brian Moehler (elbow) will rejoin the team on Tuesday in New York. He will throw in a bullpen session on Wednesday.
Moehler has mild tendinitis
(4/19/2003) An MRI revealed Brian Moehler (right forearm) has mild tendinitis in his flexor tendon.
Moehler makes his scheduled start
(4/17/2003) Brian Moehler (forearm) made his scheduled start on Wednesday and looked shaky. He allowed five earned runs and eight hits in only four innings. He also walked three batters and struck out three.
Moehler cleared to start Wednesday
(4/15/2003) The Houston Chronicle reports that Brian Moehler, who left Friday's start with tightness in his forearm, has been cleared to start Wednesday in San Francisco. "He threw on the side Saturday and felt better than he had the day before," Astros manager Jimy Williams said. "So we'll go forward, and he'll go pitch."
Moehler looks sharp Tuesday
(3/4/2003) Brian Moehler pitched three scoreless innings on Tuesday in his first start of the exhibition season.
(1/17/2003) The Houston Astros signed Moehler to a one-year contract on Friday. He will compete for a spot in their rotation in spring training, but isn't going to be a recommended Fantasy pitcher. Moehler was very ineffective last year, and he probably won't fare much better pitching half his games in hitter-friendly Minute Maid Park.
(9/17/2002) Moehler will rejoin the Reds rotation Tuesday and replace Shawn Estes, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer. Moehler is not a recommended Fantasy pitcher. He was recently on the disabled list because of a dead arm and has been unreliable.
(9/16/2002) Moehler's next appearance for the Reds will most likely be the first of his major-league career in relief. Moehler was activated from the disabled list Friday and is expected to work out of the bullpen, a place he hadn't been since 1995. Of his 241 professional appearances, only three were in relief. Moehler won't have any Fantasy value as a reliever.
(9/13/2002) The Reds are expected to activate Moehler from the 15-day disabled list Friday. Moehler is not a recommended Fantasy player.
(8/28/2002) Moehler, one of the Cincinnati Reds' July trade acquisitions, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of a weak shoulder. "He was feeling fine, but nothing was coming out," manager Bob Boone said. "His velocity was down." Don't expect Moehler to be productive if he is able to return to the Reds' active roster this season. Chris Reitsma will replace Moehler in the starting rotation.
(7/24/2002) Moehler was erratic in his Cincinnati debut Wednesday. He allowed four earned runs in the first inning, but held the Pirates scoreless in his remaining four innings of work to pick up his first win with the Reds. Moehler will be solid with his new team, but dont expect anything spectacular.
(7/23/2002) Snubbed by Kenny Rogers, the Cincinnati Reds went to a backup plan Tuesday and acquired Moehler from the Detroit Tigers in a five-player trade. Don't expect him to be too productive for the Reds. The 30-year-old Moehler has made only three starts this season in a comeback from major shoulder surgery last year. He is expected to start Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Cincinnati also acquired minor-league infielder Matt Boone, a son of manager Bob Boone, in exchange for minor-league infielder David Espinosa and two players to be named.
(7/19/2002) The Tigers are scouting the Reds, and rumors have it that Cincinnati might be interested in acquiring starting pitcher Brian Moehler, who recently returned from rotator cuff surgery. Detroit is believed to be interested in prospects, including catcher Dane Sardinha, shortstop Rainer Olmedo and outfielder Wily Mo Pena. Moehlers Fantasy value would see a boost if he leaves the Tigers, as they wont provide him much run support at all the rest of the year.
(7/4/2002) Moehler returned from the disabled list and pitched extremely well on Wednesday night. He pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing only four hits, while striking out three. It was his first victory since September 2000. Monitor Moehler's next couple of starts and if he pitches well, consider adding him in AL-only leagues.
(7/3/2002) According to The Detroit News, Moehler was activated from the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday and is expected to start on Wednesday. The start will be his first in 15 months. He has shoulder surgery after only one start in 2001 and feels like a rookie again. "I'm eager, I'm excited, everything that's very close to pitching your first game," he said. "It's weird in that respect, almost like I'm a rookie for a second time." Monitor Moehler's next few starts and consider him in AL-only leagues if he has a few successful outings.
(6/28/2002) The Tigers recalled Moehler from his rehabilitation assignment Thursday but will wait to activate him from the DL until a date is set for his return to the pitching staff. He is returning from shoulder surgery last July.
(6/23/2002) Moehler, making his fifth rehabilitation start, allowed three runs on five hits in six innings Friday at Triple-A Toledo. He is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in three starts there, and is expected to return to the Tigers at the end of the month. Moehler is recovering from arthroscopic surgery last July to repair a torn rotator cuff and labrum. He will probably need several major-league starts before he builds up the stamina needed to help a Fantasy team.
(6/17/2002) Moehler allowed three runs -- two earned -- in six innings Sunday in his second rehabilitation start for Triple-A Toledo. He has allowed three earned runs in 12 innings thus far, and is close to returning to the Tigers' rotation. Moehler might be worth adding to an AL-only roster, but he's probably going to be a bit inconsistent as he works back into the major-league rotation.
(6/13/2002) Moehler made his first start for Triple-A Toledo Tuesday and according to The Detroit News, manager Luis Pujols was pleased by Moehler's velocity. "He topped out at 88 miles an hour and averaged 85," Pujols said. "That's a mile higher than he was throwing in (Class A) Lakeland. To me, that's very positive." Moehler did not figure into the decision Tuesday, but allowed only one earned run on seven hits in six innings of work. His return date is still unclear.
(6/11/2002) Moehler will make his next rehab start for Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday. He told The Detroit News that he believes he is drawing nearer to the day he throws his first major-league pitch since April 2001, and there is an outside chance he will take the Tigers' fifth starter job the next time the schedule calls for one. Moehler still needs to prove he's an effective pitcher in the majors even after he is activated before he becomes a safe pitcher to use on a weekly basis.
(6/9/2002) Moehler, on the 60-day disabled list with shoulder problems, threw on Saturday and will report to Triple-A Toledo to continue his rehabilitation assignment. He has been throwing very well during his rehab, and will start the first of about four starts on Tuesday. Moehler might get a chance to rejoin the Tigers rotation in the second half of the season, but its unlikely hell build up the strength to be effective enough to help a Fantasy team.
(6/2/2002) Moehler, who had shoulder surgery in July, pitched 6 1/3 solid innings in his first start on a rehab assignment Saturday night with Class A Lakeland. He is hoping to return before the All-Star break.
(5/23/2002) According to The Detroit News, Moehler will make one final extended spring training start on May 27 before beginning his minor-league assignment. He'll make at least four starts before returning to the big club, which might not be until late June or early July.
(4/30/2002) According to The Detroit News, Moehler is up to 75 pitches in extended spring training. Moehler, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, hopes to return to the big club before the All-Star break.
(4/5/2002) Moehler has been transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL. This won't affect his availability for Fantasy leagues. He wasn't expected to return until June.
(4/1/2002) Moehler threw 21 pitches over two innings in Sunday's exhibition game against the Tigers' Class-A Lakeland team. He will remain in Florida for extended spring training, and hopes to return from shoulder surgery in June. Moehler might be worth owning in AL-only leagues during the second half of the season, but it's not worth picking him up right now.
(3/31/2002) The Tigers placed Moehler on the 15-day disabled list Saturday as he recovers from shoulder surgery. He is expected to be out until late June or early July.
(3/28/2002) Moehler remains on target to return June. He saw his first game action Wednesday, throwing 39 pitches in a minor league intrasquad game.
(2/26/2002) Moehler is making good progress in his recovery from shoulder surgery but still will not pitch in a spring-training game, according to the Detroit News. "I'll start pitching some batting practice in March, then face my first hitter down here in an extended spring training game in April," he said. Moehler remains out until June.
(2/21/2002) The Tigers were encouraged by Moehler's throwing session on Wednesday, according to the Detroit Free Press. He is recovering from shoulder surgery last July, and was projected to return around midseason. Don't bother drafting Moehler, but if he shows improvement during his rehabilitation program during the season, he might be worth picking up in AL-only leagues.
(2/19/2002) Moehler had an encouraging outing Monday, throwing 45 pitches off a mound. Moehler, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, won't be on the same schedule as the other pitchers. In fact, he won't be available to the team until at least mid-season.
(7/5/2001) Moehler is out for the rest of the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to his pitching shoulder Wednesday morning. Moehler started once this season and has been on the disabled list since April 7. He was hoping to avoid surgery, which was prompted when the source of his discomfort went undetected.
(7/2/2001) Moehler will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Monday and will miss the rest of the season. He has been on the DL since April 7. Moehler could very well be sidelined until next April, depending on what is found during the exploratory part of his operation.
(7/1/2001) Moehler may have to undergo season-ending surgery on his right shoulder. Moehler, who made just one start in April before going on the DL, was originally diagnosed with tendinitis.
(6/28/2001) Moehler continues to test his injured shoulder. The Tigers officials will decide this weekend whether he will have season-ending exploratory surgery.
(6/23/2001) Moehler could be facing season-ending surgery. The right-hander, who has been on the DL with right shoulder tendinitis since April 6, will undergo tests on Monday and Tuesday to determine if he will need a surgical procedure to repair the damage. If Moehler is still on your roster, be prepared to drop him should surgery be required.
(5/31/2001) The Detroit Free Press reports that Moehler wont throw for at least 10 days, as was recommended by Orthopedist Dr. James Andrews, who examined him Wednesday. Moehler was diagnosed with a strained muscle that is not related to the shoulder tendonitis that all season.
(5/30/2001) Moehler will travel to Birmingham, Ala. Wednesday to have his injured shoulder evaluated by renowned orthropedist Dr. James Andrews. He has been sidelined all season because of shoulder tendonitis.
(5/29/2001) Moehler had to shutdown his throwing session Monday because of pain in his injured right shoulder, according to The Detroit News. He was scheduled to start Wednesdays game but now it is not known when he will be able to pitch again. He has been sidelined all season with shoulder tendonitis.
(5/23/2001) Moehler has made progress in his recovery from shoulder tendonitis but will make one more rehab start Friday at Triple-A Toledo. If all goes well he will likely be activated from the disabled list.
(5/21/2001) Moehler continued his recovery from a shoulder injury Sunday and could be headed for an early activation from the disabled list. Sidelined since April 6 because of right shoulder tendinitis, Moehler allowed four runs and seven hits in 4.1 innings Sunday for Triple-A Toledo. He was supposed to be activated on May 30, if his shoulder holds up Moehler may make his return on May 25.
(5/17/2001) Moehler pitched so well in his workout Wednesday that he could be activated from the disabled list early according to The Detroit News. Recovering from shoulder tendonitis, he was supposed to be activated on May 30. Instead of pitching a simulated game Sunday, he will make a rehabilitation start. If all goes well he will then be activated May 25.
(5/16/2001) Moehler will throw batting practice Wednesday, according to The Detroit News. If all goes well he could make a rehab start next week and will be back in the rotation by May 31. Moehler has been on the disabled list all season because of shoulder tendonitis.
(5/10/2001) Moehler is scheduled to throw from the mound for the first time this season on May 10. He has been sidelined all season because of a pulled muscle in his elbow. If all goes well in his session Thursday he could be activated in the next two or three weeks.
(4/23/2001) Moehler will be sidelined indefinitely due to elbow tendonitis. The Detroit Free Press reports that he cut short a throwing session Saturday and will rest for a couple of days. Dont' expect Moehler to have an impact in the first half of the season.
(4/18/2001) Moehler hasn't made much progress while recovering from tendonitis in his shoulder according to The Detroit Free Press. His return date is still uncertain so keep him out of your roster plans for now.
(4/11/2001) MRI tests on Moehler's shoulder revealed no structural damage. He expects to return to the rotation in a few weeks.
(4/10/2001) An ultra-sound on Moehler's ailing shoulder revealed the original diagnosis of tendonitis. He is scheduled for an MRI on the shoulder Tuesday and is expected to miss at least two starts. Matt Perisho will start in his place. Keep Moehler on your bench until he returns.
(4/9/2001) Moehler, currently on the 15-day DL with tendonitis in his right shoulder will undergo more tests to determine the extent of the injury. The Detroit Free Press reported that Moehler will undergo an MRI Monday.
(4/8/2001) The Tigers placed Moehler on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday, retroactive to April 6, with right shoulder tendinitis. He will likely be replaced in the rotation by Matt Perisho.
(8/25/2000) Moehler won his fifth straight game Thursday. He pitched 5.2 innings and allowed only two earned runs to raise his record to 11-7 this season.
(7/29/2000) Moehler lasted 2.2 innings Friday, giving up 10 runs on 11 hits. Moehler is sporting a 7.27 ERA for the month of July.
(5/20/2000) Activated from the 15-day DL after having undergone an emergency appendectomy, Moehler made Friday night's start against Boston. Moehler had been effective in 3 early- season appearances (3.22 ERA), but his low strikeout rates and high opponents' batting averages suggest he'll have to buck the odds to be a consistent winner, especially behind the Tigers' anemic offense.
(4/24/2000) Placed on the 15-day DL after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. Although the surgery went smoothly, Moehler will not be able to resume throwing for at least 10 days. Manager Phil Garner estimates he'll be out for at least 3 weeks. Dave Borkowski was recalled from AAA and will take Moehler's turn in the rotation.
(5/14/1999) Brian Moehler is almost through serving a 10-game suspension for being caught with sandpaper on his thumb. Moehler, who has been trying to stay sharp by throwing a simulated game, is scheduled to make his next start Friday against the Indians.
(5/3/1999) Moehler has been suspended for ten days after being found guilty of "illegally doctoring" the baseball. He is not appealing the suspension. He is elligible to return May 13 and will rejoin the rotation.
(1/26/1999) Moehler isn't dominant or special. He'll simply give you a lot of innings and a good amount of wins. He brought his ERA below 4.00 last year and managed to post a winning record. Moehler is a smart pitcher who can work a lot of innings and won't walk many batters. He won't get a lot of strikeouts, either. If the Detroit offense ever improves, Moehler could win 15-plus games. He'll battle hard for every victory he earns.