Dustin Moseley, the Angels' versatile right-handed pitcher, underwent surgery on Tuesday on his right ulna nerve and is expected to be ready for Spring Training in February. The operation, performed to alleviate irritation in the nerve located in the elbow, was done by Dr. Lewis Yocum and Dr. Steve Shin at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles. Sutures are to be removed in seven to 10 days, with rehabilitation scheduled soon afterward. Moseley, 25, was 4-3 with a 4.40 ERA in 46 appearances in 2007, his rookie year. In 92 innings, he struck out 50 and walked 27, performing capably in a variety of roles for the American League West champions.
He made eight starts, going 1-1 with a 4.20 ERA. His work as a reliever was notable in that first batters faced hit just .162 against him. Acquired from Cincinnati in December 2004 in exchange for pitcher Ramon Ortiz, Moseley, a native of Texarkana, Ark., figured prominently in what might have been the biggest win of the season for the Angels on Aug. 28 in Seattle. Replacing Ervin Santana with one out in the first inning, the Angels leading the AL West by three games, but trailed the Mariners 5-0. Moseley pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings, yielding just two hits and one walk. The Angels rallied to win, 10-6, and completed a three-game sweep the following day.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.