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March 9, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Adam Moore finally catches a break — by not having one

NOTE: The Mariners just made their first spring rostert moves, re-assigning LHP Steve Garrison, LHP Philippe Valiquette and RHP Jarrett Grube to minor league camp.
Well, at least we now know Adam Moore can handle a little pain. Turns out, that wrist injury suffered by Moore back on Tuesday didn’t happen during the game against the Reds. It actually occured in the bullpen before the game, when he tried to block a Brandon League sinker in the dirt and got his throwing hand tangled up with his legs.
And yes, the baseball hit him smack dab on the back of the hand where it meets the wrist.
Moore ignored the pain, didn’t tell anyone and went out and promptly had a ball fouled off the exact same area while catching in the game.
Soon after, he stepped up and cranked a two-run double.
“That’s when I really felt it,” he said. “I felt it every time I swung a bat.”
Now, this story would really be great had Moore broken a bone in his wrist like everyone was initially told yesterday. Going out and hitting a double with a fractured bone anywhere near the hand would rank up among some of the bigger career highlights Moore could ever hope for. Turns out, though, it wasn’t the serious fracture Moore and everyone else were led to believe because of initial X-rays. Moore saw a hand specialist yesterday, had a more detailed scan done and found — much to his delight — that he merely had a bone chip break loose inside the wrist.
Yeah, it still hurts and is serious enough. But Moore didn’t have to get a cast put on the arm. He merely has a flexible split on there that will remain for a week or two. He’ll start catching bullpen sessions tomorrow — with somebody else throwing the ball back to the pitcher — and hopes to be on a field playing games within three or four weeks.
“I could probably throw the ball now if I gripped it a little differently,” he said.
Anyhow, this is much better than initially suspected.

After yesterday’s game, manager Eric Wedge said Moore was certainly going to lose all of spring training and maybe longer. But when I asked Moore today, he told me there was an outside chance he could appear in some Cactus League games when the team returns from Japan later this month.
Now, it really doesn’t matter whether he does or doesn’t at this stage. Moore will certainly begin the year in the minors. The bottom line, though, is, if he’s even thinking about Cactus League at this stage, he’ll be able to get back on a field in the minors and not miss much of the 2012 season.
In other words, he’ll have a much better chance to make a lasting impression than he did last year, when his entire season vanished in early April.
So, Moore isn’t done here just yet.
“I just view this as a bump in the road,” he said. “Nothing’s going to keep me down.”
Moore told me he’d gained some of his confidence back with a strong finish at the plate in the Arizona Fall League. He then parlayed that into a quick start at the plate here his initial intrasquad and Cactus League games.
“I know the kind of player I can be,” he said. “I’ve just got to go out there and show it.”



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