The Detroit Tigers weren't expected to go too far this season, but if there was any hope, a lot of it just flew out the window.
Detroit's surprising .500 start runs in parallel to an equally surprising start from free agent acquisition Matt Moore. The lefty has put up a number of solid outings so far this year, but he officially won't get a chance to see if he can keep it going.
Moore is out for the year with a knee injury.
Matt Moore's season is over after right knee surgery: https://t.co/y7zz2DJbyY— Anthony Fenech (@anthonyfenech) April 17, 2019
It's a huge blow for Detroit and a tough break for a veteran pitcher looking to turn it around.
It was hard to be optimistic about Moore's status after the Tigers revealed there was originally no timetable for his return. The nine-year pro had knee problems that started up April 6th and the team was hopeful he could just rest it until it healed. When it was revealed that Moore had meniscus damage, he had no choice but to undergo surgery.
He had limited chances to impress this season but he surely did with 10 innings of shutout baseball, allowing just three hits and a walk to go along with nine strikeouts over two starts.
Moore finishes his season with 10 scoreless innings. He's fourth Tiger in modern history to finish a season with a 0.00 ERA over at least 10 innings, according to @baseball_ref. Howard Bailey was the last in 1982.— Jason Beck (@beckjason) April 17, 2019
First, the Tigers lost Michael Fulmer to Tommy John surgery, and now this. It may be merely April, but it's already been a brutal run for the Detroit pitching staff.