CLEVELAND -- Dustin Moseley had other offers to attend camp during Spring Training this year, but his aching left hip made him wonder if he could keep up with all of the regular running regimens that go along with February and March in Florida or Arizona.
After Moseley had arthroscopic surgery on the hip in August 2009, a similar procedure to the one Alex Rodriguez underwent, the right-hander couldn't even begin throwing until January.
That made the Yankees' no-pressure invitation to Spring Training an appealing one, as general manager Brian Cashman told Moseley he could take his time getting ready and pledged that the organization would work to get him right. The payoff will come on Thursday, as Moseley makes his first start for New York.
"A lot of hard work has gone in," Moseley said. "A lot of sitting around, thinking, 'You've got to keep this going. You've still got talent left and ability. You've been blessed for a reason.' And here I am, playing for the New York Yankees. I think the story is pretty neat."
Moseley appeared in 64 games (23 starts) with the Angels from 2006-09, going 8-7 with a 5.41 ERA. He underwent ulnar relocation surgery in '07 in his right elbow and went on the disabled list last April with right forearm tightness, missing the remainder of the season.
After 12 starts at Triple-A and four relief outings for the Yankees, he will get his chance to try it again at the big league level, filling in for Andy Pettitte after Sergio Mitre produced underwhelming results in a spot effort.
"I think this a great opportunity," Moseley said. "It's a blessing for me to go out there, and if I go out and pitch like I'm capable, hopefully, there will be another start involved."