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The Rays Tank: It's only April 15th

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Just keep telling yourself that.

Patrick Smith

"The Rays were handed their second drubbing in as many days, this one at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles."

And then this announcement occurred:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>BREAKING: <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Rays&amp;src=hash">#Rays</a> LHP Matt Moore told me tonight he is having Tommy John surgery next week, out for a year <a href="http://t.co/69F4TUaMjc">http://t.co/69F4TUaMjc</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/TB_Times">@TB_Times</a></p>&mdash; Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) <a href="https://twitter.com/TBTimes_Rays/statuses/455912851425984512">April 15, 2014</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Moore's partially torn ulnar collateral ligament provided too much discomfort during a throwing session yesterday, forcing him to the conclusion that surgery was the only option,

"What was coming out, it's a shame to be have to be shut down right now but it just wasn't comfortable," Moore said. "Being stuck in the position I am right now, where it's not exactly comfortable but it's not exactly completely broke, it's kind of one of those things where you know it's going to get worse."

"I think I probably feel worse for missing out on what's about to happen with this squad, more so than it's my elbow, it's going to get better," Moore said. "I'll figure out a way, find a way to compete on the mound. I'm not fearful of that."

Good ole Dr. James Andrews will perform the operation on April 22nd, and all we can do is send Matty Moe all the well wishes we can muster, and look forward to his return to the mound next season.

So...

The offense may currently be missing, the starting pitching may be faltering a tad, and the DL may be getting a bit crowded, but again I reiterate: it's only April 15th.