Starting pitcher Matt Moore left yesterday’s game early with elbow soreness and will undergo an MRI this morning. Per the Rays, there's no reason to believe that it’s anything serious at this time.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Moore was removed tonight with left elbow soreness. Tests inconsistent, but no reason to believe it's serious at this time; MRI tomorrow AM.</p>— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) <a href="https://twitter.com/RaysBaseball/statuses/453364730292219905">April 8, 2014</a></blockquote>
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In his postgame interview, Matt Moore mentioned to Todd Kalas of Sun Sports that coming into camp this year, he had the fear in the back of his mind that he could re-aggravate his elbow by throwing his changeup. He mentioned that once he got into live games, that fear completely disappeared until yesterday’s discomfort.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times provided the following video of a portion of Moore's postgame interview in which he discusses when he starting noticing the discomfort during last night's game.
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Moore told Bill Chastain of MLB.com,
It is extremely frustrating to have that unknown outcome in your mind. But I don't really care to speculate on what's to come and what if. It's just a matter of waiting 12 hours or so until we get it. … If I had to have a guess, I would assume that things are fine structurally. But that's just the way I like to think about things.
Chastain also spoke with Joe Maddon, who after a discussionwith Head Athletic Trainer Ron Porterfield, mentioned, “he felt like it wasn't like it was last year, but we still have to get it checked out. Ronnie, initially from when he had spoken to the doctor, thought it was something less than last year, but we have to wait for the test to have the conclusive [report]."
Last year, Matt Moore missed 31 games after going on the DL with elbow soreness. Bill Chastain seems to think Erik Bedard would be the likely candidate to replace Matt Moore. Bedard is not currently on the Rays 40-man roster. He is currently on the same throwing schedule thow, as he started for Durham last night.
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