It turns out that Adam Moore needs surgery to repair a torn meniscus in the knee he injured last night. That’s both a good and a bad sign. While surgery is never good, and it will likely mean he’s out for 2 months, the alternative could have been a torn ACL or MCL, which likely would have ended his season. Instead, he should be back in June. So if you look at it that way, it’s good news.
As I suggested yesterday, the roster crunch is likely to play a roll in this. Since surgery is required, I expect Moore to be placed on the 60 day DL, creating a roster spot on the 40 man roster to add Josh Bard. The alternative would be having to waive a player like Tui in order to add Bard, and I don’t think the M’s will want to do that just for the off chance that Moore recovers sooner.
If this was a first baseman and not a catcher, I could see the advantages to putting him on the 15 day DL and hoping he comes back sooner, but we’re talking about a catcher. The need to squat behind the plate all game means a longer recovery. He’ll have to be 100% before he can play again, so the 60 day DL makes sense.
The M’s will face a dilemma, though only a minor one, in June when Moore returns. Cutting Bard then will likely mean losing him to another team if there’s been other catcher injuries around the league. Moore has options left, so perhaps he simply stays in Tacoma for a bit, though the team will still have to find room on the 40 man roster to activate him.