Back in 2000, Dustin Moseley was a supplemental first-round pick out of a high school on the Arkansas side of Texarkana. He thought he’d made it to the big leagues to stay after a strong 2007 season, but that winter he had surgery to repair his ulnar nerve. He struggled in 2008, spent most of last season in Triple-A, and had hip surgery last August. It was the same procedure Alex Rodriguez went through last spring.
In some ways, it’s the only reason he’s with the Yankees today. Brian Cashman was the only general manager willing to give him a direct invitation into big league camp this spring.
“Most every team wanted to see me throw bullpens previous to coming into camp,” Moseley said. “These guys said, you know what, we’ll bring you in, and if you’re not 100 percent yet, we’ll work with you. You take your time. That was a big thing for me.”
At this point, Moseley isn’t guaranteed more than one start, and he’s fine with that. “I’m so past trying to control my life and my career,” he said. “I roll with it.”
Here’s Moseley talking before yesterday’s game. The conversation started just as Moseley and A.J. Burnett were joking with one another about two Arkansas boys making back-to-back starts for the Yankees.