Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/31/12

Jamie Moyer, 49, wants to continue pitching, but it won't be with the Rockies, who designated him for assignment. Right-hander Carlos Torres was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs for his third tour this season with the Rockies and might start Friday against the Dodgers in Moyer's turn in the rotation.

The move was made before the Rockies beat the Astros 13-5 for their third straight win. Carlos Gonzalez hit three homers -- on consecutive at-bats. Michael Cuddyer hit a grand slam and torrid Dexter Fowler hit a three-run shot.

Signed to a minor league contract, Moyer made the Rockies with a solid spring training, but the feel-good nature of his comeback -- he didn't pitch in 2011 while recovering from Tommy John surgery -- gave way to cold reality as Moyer struggled in recent starts.

The Rockies have 10 days to trade or release Moyer, who went 2-5 with a 5.70 ERA in 10 starts with 18 walks, 36 strikeouts and 75 hits, including 11 homers, in 53 2/3 innings as opponents hit .328 against him. Moyer really struggled in the middle innings, trying to get through a lineup a second and third time.

"He was up against the odds as of late," manager Jim Tracy said. "There is no difference in the man, there's no difference in his will to compete. There is a difference in that the 82 or 83 mph that he had as a fastball had started to come back and get closer and closer to where some of his off-speed pitches were. There's very little variance between pitches.

"I saw more seasoned major league hitters that stood at home plate and were just looking for the ball. There was not a real concern anymore, from the standpoint of the variance of speeds."

Moyer's two wins this season increased his career victory total to 269, moving him into 35th place all-time, one behind Hall of Famer Burleigh Grimes and Mike Mussina (270), who are tied for 33rd. Moyer, who has 209 losses, extended his record of being the oldest player to win a major league game at 49 years, 180 days old, but that was May 16 against the Diamondbacks. That winning outing broke a string of three poor starts but was followed by losses in his final two starts at Miami and Cincinnati in which Moyer allowed 16 hits, including five homers, and 13 runs in 8 2/3 innings.

"I enjoyed my time here in Denver," Moyer said. "Dan (O'Dowd, the Rockies' general manager) gave me a great opportunity to come to spring training, which I'm awfully thankful for. Jim (Tracy) stuck his neck out for me, gave me an opportunity. That's all I could ask for. Unfortunately, I didn't hold up my end of the bargain. That's what happens in this business."

Moyer hopes to continue pitching. He will attend the high school graduation Saturday of Hunter, his second-oldest son, and afterward watch him play in a playoff game for Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego. Moyer said he hasn't had consistency this season but thinks he can find it if another club gives him a chance after his departure from the Rockies.

"It's a tough pill to swallow, but it's part of the business," said Moyer, who was released by the Cubs, Rangers and Cardinals before he was 30. "It's all about putting up results."

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