The Tampa Bay Rays have placed left-handed pitcher Matt Moore on a 15-day disabled list, due to a recent elbow injury.
Moore injured his elbow during Monday's game against the Royals, and then underwent an MRI on Tuesday. The Ray's general manager Andrew Friedman said that the MRI results were inconclusive and that Moore would be undergoing a more thorough exam by Dr. Andrews.
Friedman explained that the 15-day list is a standard procedure, and that Moore is currently feeling good, which is a positive sign. ''It is our standard practice to have a pitcher go to the DL in these situations,'' Friedman said. ''He'll be out 15 days; that's all we know right now. We don't know much beyond that. We'll know more in the next few days. The fact that he feels good is a positive sign.''
This is not the first time that Moore has had trouble out of his elbow. He was also placed on the list last year from July 31 to September 3. He said that the discomfort he is feeling is similar to his past experience, and described the situation as frustrating. ''I would say it's quite a bit different in how it feels, in how it dangles, with regards to soreness,'' Moore said. ''The discomfort is similar. The severity has jumped from what I was feeling. It's frustrating.''
Moore and his team are praying for the best, but are concerned that Moore may have to have Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery. Ray's manager Joe Maddon revealed that Moore's ligaments were not completely torn, and so far there is no surgery scheduled. ''We need to get all the facts and see how we want to proceed with this, see if surgery is necessary or if it's not necessary," Maddon said. "We're still waiting to find out.''
Moore is remaining optimistic about his potential prognosis, and wants to be able to finish the season strong with the rest of his team. "Hopefully we’ll be able to find a place where the surgery isn’t option No. 1 and we’ll be able to get through a place of comfort-ability so I can finish the year. I don’t know if the surgery part concerns me, or the rehabilitation part," he admitted. "It’s the preparation that went into this season for the guys in the locker room. There are a lot of high hopes and a lot of expectations that we prepared for this season that I still very much want to be a part of. I have not ruled out any part of that."
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