Jamie Moyer, 49, Wins No.2 Spot in Colorado Rockies Rotation [Video]

Jamie Moyer, at 49 years old, has made the Colorado Rockies’ starting rotation, manager Jim Tracy announced Friday.

“I have been completely intrigued by what I’ve seen unfold,” Tracy told MLB.com. “He is still Jamie Moyer. He’s the Jamie Moyer that was pitching prior to the arm injury. It’s the same worker. It’s the same professional. It’s the same stuff, same velocity, same pitches. When he’s right, same type of effectiveness. You’re going to venture into this.”

Moyer, a crafty lefty entering his 25th season in the Bigs, posted a 2.77 ERA in spring training. According to MLB.com, he will follow righty Jeremy Guthrie and start the second game of the season, April 7 at Houston.

“I was excited. I’m happy. I’m honored,” Moyer said of earning a slot in the Rockies rotation. “But in the end, like Jim said, `You earned it.’ That was my goal coming here.”

Moyer, who turns 50 in November, will be the oldest to start a game since Satchel Paige at 59 in 1965, ESPN said, and could become the oldest to earn a win.

The last player to play in the majors at 49 was infielder Julio Franco in 2007.

Moyer, who missed the 2011 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, last pitched in 2010 for the Philadelphia Phillies, posting a 9-9 record with a 4.84 earned run average, 63 strikeouts and 20 walks in 19 starts.

By returning to the majors, he will be the active leader in victories (267), innings (4,020) and starts (628).

For his career as an MLB pitcher, Jamie Moyer is 267-204 with a 4.24 ERA, 2,405 strikeouts and 1,137 walks.

ESPN’s Jim Caple sits down with Jamie Moyer to discuss making the Rockies rotation:

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