Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Moore has been diagnosed with a UCL tear in his left elbow. With the latest news on Moore, Tommy John surgery appears almost certain for the left hander.
An MRI taken in Kansas City on Moore’s shoulder was inconclusive so Moore visited with Dr. James Andrews were a tear was noticed.
“Honestly, let’s just wait until (today). I don’t have everything in,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said on Wednesday, via the Tampa Tribune. “It needs to be looked at a little more deeply, because it’s not a slam-dunk surgery right now.”
While surgery is not guaranteed it is almost certain. If Moore undergoes Tommy John surgery he will miss the rest of the 2014 season and the start of the 2015 season.
The Rays will either insert Cesar Ramos or Erik Bedard into their rotation when Moore’s turn in the rotation comes up on Sunday. Both pitchers missed out on winning the fifth spot in the Ray rotation this spring.
Over his first 347 innings of work in the majors, Moore owns a 29-17 record, 3.53 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. He ha 339 strikeouts during that time.