Matt Moore SP TB 3 days ago

The Tampa Bay Rays announced after Saturday's 11-7 loss to the Boston Red Sox that pitcher Matt Moore would be demoted to Triple-A Durham, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Moore allowed six runs on nine hits in just three innings Saturday, and he has struggled considerably since returning from Tommy John surgery.

Matt Moore SP TB 3 weeks ago

Moore earned his first win on the year, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out three in five innings of work during a 4-3 victory over the Astros on Sunday.

The left-hander struggled at times on the mound, giving up a run in the first inning and a homer to Jose Altuve in the fourth before being pulled after five innings and 88 pitches. It was the first time Moore made it through five since returning from Tommy John surgery. In just 14 innings, the 26-year-old has posted a 7.07 ERA and a 1.93 WHIP.

Matt Moore SP TB 4 weeks ago

Moore gave up four runs on nine hits over 4.1 innings in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Royals.

He was unable to get ahead of hitters on a regular basis Tuesday, throwing 12 first-pitch strikes to the 24 batters he faced. While Moore threw 50 of his 85 pitches for strikes, he generated just six swinging strikes in the outing. The Rays have Moore on track to start Sunday at home against Houston in the team's final game prior to the All-Star break.

Matt Moore SP TB 1 month ago

Moore struggled in his season debut Thursday against Cleveland, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks in just 4.2 innings. He struck out four in the no-decision.

On a day when his interstate rival Jose Fernandez came back from Tommy John looking dominant, Moore's return from the same surgery didn't look nearly as good. However, the 26-year-old lefty has great stuff and shouldn't be dismissed in fantas circles. Moore pitched well on his rehab assignment and should settle in as the year goes on; owners may have to cut him some slack in the early going, though, considering that he was able to make just two starts last season. He'll draw the Royals next week.

Matt Moore SP TB 1 month ago

Moore has been reinstated from the disabled list and will start Thursday, Bill Chastain of reports.

Moore had made five rehab appearances and pasted a 24:8 KK:BB over 21.1 innings. He may not get too many innings as he eases back into his role, but his potential for strikeouts could help his value.

Matt Moore SP TB 1 month ago

Moore (elbow) will start Thursday against Cleveland, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Monday's announcement simply confirmed previous expectations that Moore's rehab assignment was complete. In five starts between High-A Charlotte and Triple-A Durham, Moore posted a 24:8 K:BB over 21.1 innings during his rehab assignment. The Rays will likely monitor his workload closely from start to start, but Moore's strikeout potential makes him an intriguing lottery ticket in situations where he's currently available on the waiver wire.

Matt Moore SP TB 1 month ago

Moore (elbow) is still on track to rejoin the Rays rotation at some point this week, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Though manager Kevin Cash was unwilling to confirm that Moore would be back on the mound Thursday against the Indians for his season debut, it seems clear at this point that the lefty's rehab assignment has come to an end. He covered five innings and threw 96 pitches during his fifth minor-league outing Saturday with Triple-A Durham, with his fastball clocking in the 90-to-91 mph range. With the Rays demoting Matt Andriese to Triple-A Durham on Sunday, the team has ostensibly opened a spot for Moore, but it remains to be seen what exact date the Rays have in mind for him to take the hill. Both Moore and Jake Odorizzi, who is returning from a strained oblique, are on the same pitching schedule, though Odorizzi looks to be a week behind. It's possible that Moore could have his first turn moved back to Friday so his schedule doesn't overlap with Odorizzi once both players are back on the Tampa Bay roster.

Matt Moore SP TB 1 month ago

Manager Kevin Cash indicated that Moore (elbow) may not start Thursday for the Rays, Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune reports.

Earlier reports indicated Moore would probably be slated to rejoin the rotation Thursday if the rehab start Saturday went well, but things must have changed. It's unclear whether Cash feels Moore won't be ready to rejoin the rotation, or if it's related to his scheduled Friday start being moved to Saturday because of rain, but his return date still appears up in the air at this point.

Matt Moore SP TB 1 month ago

Moore (elbow) had his rehab start rained out and will pitch Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader instead, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Topkin speculates Moore would return Thursday if the rehab start goes without a hitch, which is a reasonable expectation at this point. Expect Moore to try to pitch a full start with a higher pitch count. When he does come back, there are several members of the rotation that could possibly be demoted, like Alex Colome and Matt Andriese.

Matt Moore SP TB 1 month ago

Moore (elbow) is slated to throw 90 pitches in his rehab outing at Triple-A Durham on Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The fact that Moore is being stretched out to 90 pitches is a good sign that he's very close to being activated from the disabled list. In fact, Moore's outing Friday is expected to be his last rehab appearance if everything goes well. There should be more clarification on his status following Friday's start.