Moseley up and throwing again

Moseley up and throwing again

ANAHEIM -- Angels right-hander Dustin Moseley played catch for the first time since suffering a setback on May 13 when nerve issues began to surface in his elbow that caused tingling in his arm and neck.

Team doctors have still not been able to diagnose Moseley's nerve problems but he said on Tuesday that he didn't "feel anything" after playing catch for five minutes. He still doesn't have a target date for his return but said he'd like to be back in a few weeks.

"I'm just going to keep playing catch," Moseley said. "There's really no timetable on anything like if it were a torn rotator or something that has happened before. But with nerves you never know how they'll react so it's just a matter of letting them calm down while building around them."

Moseley had elbow surgery before the 2007 season but said he hadn't felt any pain until recently. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 18 because of forearm tightness and even pitched in a simulated game on the way back to his recovery.

But after his 20-pitch simulated game on May 13, he immediately began to feel numbness in his elbow and neck. He was told to shut it down and didn't pick a baseball again until Tuesday.

Now the question is whether Moseley will return as a starter or reliever when he comes back to the club. He was 1-0 with a 4.30 ERA in three starts before the injury but the rotation has since been bolstered by the returns of Ervin Santana and John Lackey and the emergence of Matt Palmer.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia wouldn't commit to what role Moseley will play when he returns but did say they'll try him out as a starter first.

"He's definitely in our starting rotation depth so as we start to pitch him with the different stages like 15-30 pitches we'll step him up as a starter," Scioscia said. "But if a roadblock comes in or if there's a need in our pen we can consider doing that as long as he's healthy."

Moseley, who has pitched in both roles before, said he hasn't talked to Scioscia about it yet but that he's willing to pitch in either role.

"We haven't talked about it because it's just a matter of getting healthy right now," Moseley said. "They know I can do both and I don't care as long as I get out there and play. Not being able to compete is tough."

But for Moseley, part of the process is remaining optimistic even though the competitive side of him wants to go out and play.

"It's just a little bump in the road and hopefully I'll come out of it even better," Moseley said. "I try and be positive."

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