Matt Moore Injury: Updates on Rays Pitcher's Elbow and Return

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 8, 2014

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Updates from Tuesday, April 22

The Rays provided an update on Moore's status:

Updates from Tuesday, April 15

Marc Topkin of The Tampa Tribune has the latest on Matt Moore:

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: 

Topkin added: 

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:


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:


Updates from Tuesday, April 8

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times provides an update on Matt Moore's injury: provides what the next step for Moore will be: 

Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan has more on Moore:


Original Text

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.'s Bill Chastain reported that Moore "grimaced" after throwing a pitch to Nori Aoki. He then shook his arm to demonstrate that something was wrong.

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:

R. Mooney of The Tampa Tribune provided more info:

Baseball insider Mel Antonen doesn't like what he sees for the Rays:

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.


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