Marc Topkin is reporting that Durham reliever Jeff Beliveau, who was promoted four times last season (culminating in one appearance), is on his way to Kansas City. This indicates a roster move is forthcoming, and that Moore will at least be placed on the DL.
Beliveau is already on the 40-man roster from last season, and his lone appearance came in late September against the Blue Jays. Facing four batters, Beliveau worked a groundout and flyout with a runner on, then a walk and a line drive before he was lifted. Using classifications at Brooks, Beliveau has a five pitch mix of a Fourseam (90mph), Cutter (86mph), Change (80mph), Slider (80mph), and Curve (77mph) -- though he tends to ride the fastball throughout.
The leading candidate to replace Moore in the rotation might be Erik Bedard, who was pitching on the same schedule in Durham's rotation last night.
UPDATE - 4:15 PM
#Rays Moore said he had MRI, is waiting for results. Elbow felt "extremely better" when he woke up so is cautiously optimistic— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 8, 2014
#Rays Moore said he hasn't been told yet he is going in DL. Had basic MRI, not more detailed type with dye.— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 8, 2014
#Rays Moore: "Every movement I make it's tough to find that soreness unless I put my finger on it, so I think that that's a positive sign.''— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 8, 2014
#Rays Moore said he woke up expecting elbow to be sore or inflamed but "it feels as normal as it always does, so encouraged by that.''— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 8, 2014
UPDATE - 5:00 PM
Matt Moore officially on the disabled list:
#Rays place Moore on 15-day DL with Beliveau called up. Will have more info on injury later— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 8, 2014
We will update this thread as news breaks.
UPDATE - 7:11 PM
#Rays Moore to see Dr Andrews for more thorough exam, MRI was inconclusive , Friedman says— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 8, 2014
#Rays Maddon trying to be open-minded and optimistic but said Moore's condition is "a little more than what we thought originally"— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 8, 2014
The moral of this story is that you should be following Marc Topkin on twitter. The other moral is that, while we all hope Moore is okay, pitchers are risky investments. This is why top hitting prospects are worth more than top pitching prospects, and why depth is so important. You can never have too many arms, because you probably don't have enough.