Updates from Monday, March 24
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times and Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune provide a synopsis of Matt Cobb's interaction with Matt Moore:
Word in #Rays clubhouse is that Moore is okay, though Xrays not till later. Cobb talked to him, says "he's fine."— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) March 24, 2014
Also heard #Rays Moore has no more jaw pain, is eating with no problem. All encouraging signs.— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) March 24, 2014
#rays Cobb said he texted "welcome to the club" to Moore on Sunday— RMooneyTBO (@RMooneyTBO) March 24, 2014
#Rays say X-Rays on Moore's jaw were negative. He had a light workout today and is expected to make his next start— RMooneyTBO (@RMooneyTBO) March 24, 2014
For the second time in less than a week, a Major League Baseball pitcher got struck in the face by a line drive hit back through the box. Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Matt Moore was the victim on Sunday, though he certainly appears to be in much better shape than Aroldis Chapman.
Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal noted that Moore was moving around under his own power in the Tampa Bay dugout.
Matt Moore is walking around the Tampa Bay dugout with a towel around his neck, so it seems like he's OK. Done for the day, clearly.— Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) March 23, 2014
Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune later provided Moore's official status:
#rays Moore has a laceration of the lip. Received a couple of stitches. No concussion symptoms— RMooneyTBO (@RMooneyTBO) March 23, 2014
The Rays have put a lot of faith in Moore, though the results have been mostly mixed. He signed a five-year contract in December 2011, similar to the kind of deal Evan Longoria got as a rookie, and has made 58 starts the last two years.
Unfortunately, Moore's control problems have gotten worse. He walked 81 in 177.1 innings two years ago, then issued 76 free passes in 150.1 innings last season. His ability to miss bats (318 strikeouts since 2012), allows him to get away with some of the mistakes.
The Rays still have pitching depth to withstand an injury if Moore were to miss time, though that depth has taken a hit already this spring with Jeremy Hellickson having elbow surgery in February that will keep him out until at least mid-May.
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