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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Rays confirm UCL tear for Matt Moore, undecided on Tommy John

By on 4/10/2014 10:12:00 AM

Yet another pitcher is in danger of an early end to their 2014 season as a result of Tommy John surgery. Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Matt Moore is already on the DL with an elbow issue, but now the team have confirmed that Moore has a torn ulnar collateral ligament and Tommy John surgery is a distinct possibility. The news was reported by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, who spoke to Rays manager Joe Maddon about the decision:

"What (executive VP Andrew Friedman) wanted to do was discuss it in more depth (today) based on the results as we get them," Maddon said. "We need to get all the facts and see how we want to proceed with this, see if surgery is necessary, if it's not necessary, we're still waiting to find out."

The possibility of surgery had already been raised this week but an initial MRI was inconclusive. Further evaluation of a more detailed MRI by Dr James Andrews revealed that the UCL was indeed torn. Moore missed time last season with elbow soreness, pitching just over 150 innings in total.

The 24-year-old is in his fourth major league season, having made his debut in September 2011. He has always shown an ability to strike out batters, with 339 strikeouts in 347 career innings, but has battled control issues and still has a walk rate of 4.3 batters per nine. He may join a swathe of pitchers who have been forced to have the ligament replacement procedure in 2014, including Brandon Beachy, Kris Medlen, Jarrod Parker and Patrick Corbin. Reliever Cesar Ramos and Erik Bedard, currently in the minors, are the most likely candidates to fill in for Moore initially.


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