Matt Moore’s health could make the Tampa Bay Rays' decisions on a potential four-man rotation a lot simpler. According to Marc Topkin, writer for the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays starting pitcher is headed to the disabled list with shoulder soreness:
Hearing #Rays Matt Moore going to DL with left elbow soreness— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) July 31, 2013
Fortunately for the Rays, the injury comes at a time where the upcoming schedule can allow the team to use a four-man rotation. With five scheduled days off in August, the team should be fine with David Price, Jeremy Hellickson, Chris Archer and Roberto Hernandez in the rotation. According to Sam Strong from MLB.com, the organization is hopeful that Moore can return to the rotation by Aug. 13.
Moore is in the middle of an incredible season that the team would hope does not get negatively impacted by the time on the disabled list.
The DL stint could work out in the Rays’ favor. Moore is in his second full season in the majors. Resting his arm may be needed to keep it fresh if the team stays in the fight for the postseason. Having healthy and rested arms at the end of the season is a luxury most teams would love to have.
Moore was selected to his first All-Star game this year and likely will be mentioned in Cy Young discussions if his performance level maintains when he returns to the rotation.