Tampa Bay Rays lefthander Matt Moore could rejoin the team’s rotation next week.
Moore last pitched for the Rays on April 7, 2014, before a torn ligament in his pitching elbow forced him to have season-ending Tommy John surgery. He is scheduled for a rehab start with Triple A Durham on Friday and if that transpires accordingly, manager Kevin Cash said Moore could start Wednesday for the Rays against the Cleveland Indians.
“That’ll probably be the biggest boost we’ve had all year, getting one of our pitchers back,” Cash said, according to the Times.
Moore, who turned 26 last week, was an All-Star in 2013 when he went 17–4 with a 3.29 ERA over 150 1/3 innings. He made two starts in 2014 before his injury, going 0–2 while allowing three runs on 10 hits over 10 innings.
Since coming to the majors in 2011, the Rays’ 2007 eighth-round draft pick is 29–17 with a 3.53 ERA, 339 strikeouts and 165 walks.
The Rays entered Tuesday 40–32, one game ahead of the New York Yankees in the AL East.
- Mike Fiammetta