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Monday, September 8, 2014

Rays Injury Update: Matt Moore to throw for first time since surgery

By on 9/08/2014 10:30:00 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays dropped to six games below .500 at 69-75 following a 7-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. James Loney went 4-for-6 in the loss and Joel Peralta and Cesar Ramos gave up a combined five runs in three innings in relief to blow the lead. On the injury front, left-handed pitcher Matt Moore is scheduled to throw for the first time since Tommy John surgery.

As reported by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Moore was set to throw 20 times from a distance of 45 feet. This will be the first time he's thrown a ball since Tommy John surgery on April 22. He's excited about throwing again.
"Most excited I've been for a game of catch. I'm looking forward to seeing the rotation on the ball coming out of my hand." Moore is seeking a late May/June return to big-league action."
Moore had Tommy John surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews on April 22. The average recovery time is 12-18 months after Tommy John, which could mean Moore will miss at least part and perhaps all of next season as well, although he's looking for a late May, early June return.

Moore is in his fourth Major League season. He is 0-2 with a 2.70 ERA this season.  Last year, Moore went 17-4 with a 3.29 ERA.  In 150 1/3 innings, he allowed only 117 hits and struck out 143.  In 63 career games, Moore is 29-17 with an ERA of 3.53. 

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