Updates from Tuesday, April 22
The Rays provided an update on Moore's status:
Today @MattyMoe55 underwent successful Tommy John surgery in Pensacola, Fla. Join us in wishing Matt a speedy, full recovery.— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) April 22, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, April 15
Marc Topkin of The Tampa Tribune has the latest on Matt Moore:
#Rays Friedman said decision on Moore made when it became obvious surgery was inevitable, so idea was to salvage as much of '15 season— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 15, 2014
#Rays Friedman said they most likely will stay internal in filling out rotation staff, so likely no trade, no Niemann (still rehabbing)— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 15, 2014
Updates from Monday, April 14
Late Monday night, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Tribune alerted fans to the official diagnosis of Matt Moore's injury:
#Rays Friedman said they're still confident of a strong season, will get though injuries, "its an all hands on deck approach right now.''— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 15, 2014
Moore told the Tampa Bay Times after Monday's 7-1 loss to the Orioles of his decision to have Tommy John ligament replacement surgery, saying the discomfort he felt during an afternoon throwing session made it clear he could not pitch with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament.
"What was coming out, it's a shame to be have to be shut down right now but it just wasn't comfortable," Moore said. "Being stuck in the position I am right now, where it's not exactly comfortable but it's not exactly completely broke, it's kind of one of those things where you know it's going to get worse."
Noted specialist Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery on Moore on April 22.
Updates from Friday, April 11
The Tampa Tribune's Roger Mooney and Tampa Bay Times reporter Marc Topkin have an update on Moore:
#rays Moore said waiting for team doctor Dr. Eaton to look at all his MRIs over last few years to evaluate extent of injury— RMooneyTBO (@RMooneyTBO) April 11, 2014
Updates from Thursday, April 10
Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune provides a statement from Rays manager Joe Maddon discussing Matt Moore's injury status:
Further testing on Matt Moore's left elbow Wednesday revealed a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament. The Rays and Moore are deciding on the next step, which is either surgery or rehabilitation.
“Honestly, let's just wait until (today). I don't have everything in,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said after Wednesday's 7-3 loss to the Royals. “It needs to be looked at a little more deeply, because it's not a slam-dunk surgery right now.”
Moore, placed on the disabled list Tuesday with left elbow soreness, could miss at least a month if he chooses to rehab without surgery. If the 24-year-old opts for the reconstructive surgery known as Tommy John surgery, he will miss at least 12 months.
Updates from Wednesday, April 9
Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune has the latest on how the Tampa Bay Rays will replace Matt Moore:
#Rays Moore plans to wait 3-5 days and play catch to see how elbow feels, then make decision on how to proceed. Hopes to avoid surgery obv.— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 11, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, April 8
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times provides an update on Matt Moore's injury:
#Rays Maddon said Ramos or Bedard will replace Moore and join rotation Sunday— RMooneyTBO (@RMooneyTBO) April 9, 2014
#Rays Moore: "Every movement I make it's tough to find that soreness unless I put my finger on it, so I think that that's a positive sign.''— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 8, 2014
#Rays Moore said he woke up expecting elbow to be sore or inflamed but "it feels as normal as it always does, so encouraged by that.''— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 8, 2014
MLB.com provides what the next step for Moore will be:
#Rays place Moore on 15-day DL with Beliveau called up. Will have more info on injury later— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 8, 2014
Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan has more on Moore:
MRI on #Rays LHP Matt Moore's left elbow inconclusive. He was placed on 15-day DL and will visit Dr. James Andrews for thorough evaluation.— MLB (@MLB) April 8, 2014
Matt Moore left the Tampa Bay Rays' Monday night game against the Kansas City Royals after suffering an elbow injury.
Moore was replaced after 4.1 innings by Cesar Ramos after giving up one earned run on four hits.
Rays manager Joe Maddon and assistant athletic trainer Paul Harker visited Moore on the mound, and Maddon ultimately decided to take him out of the game.
Tampa Bay announced that Moore will have an MRI tomorrow, but the arm injury isn't believed to be serious:
Hearing Matt Moore's elbow injury involves his UCL. If tear small enough, could rehab, pitch through. Often ends up with Tommy John surgery.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 9, 2014
R. Mooney of The Tampa Tribune provided more info:
Moore was removed tonight with left elbow soreness. Tests inconsistent, but no reason to believe it's serious at this time; MRI tomorrow AM.— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) April 8, 2014
Baseball insider Mel Antonen doesn't like what he sees for the Rays:
#rays Maddon said Moore felt something in his elbow throwing his final pitch, a change up. Moore lobbied to stay in the game— RMooneyTBO (@RMooneyTBO) April 8, 2014
2014 projected to be a big year for the 24-year-old. After stumbling a bit in 2012, everything came together for him last season, as he went 17-4 with a 3.29 earned run average and finished ninth in the Cy Young Award voting.
Moore is listed third in the Rays' rotation, so the team could be without a key piece of its pitching staff for a prolonged period of time. That's huge in what looks like a hyper-competitive American League East once again.