Tampa Bay Rays: Matt Moore's return coming at a key point in season

By Randy Holt
Matt Moore
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As the calendar turns to September this weekend, the Tampa Bay Rays have found themselves stumbling a bit in the playoff race in the American League. They’ve struggled to produce consistency in this last stretch of games, with much of that being attributed to the fact that they’re not exactly a healthy club overall right now.

Luckily, the club has received some good news related to the injury that has Matt Moore currently on the disabled list. Moore has been out for the last month with an elbow injury, but has taken the mound for multiple rehab appearances, including a start at Triple A this week.

He is slated for a return to the rotation on Tuesday. This is a welcome update for the Rays, despite the fact that Moore did struggle quite a bit in his most recent rehab start. He hasn’t made a start since July 28th, but should be ready to go by the beginning of next week.

When he was in the rotation, Moore was dynamite for the Rays. He had gone 14-3 with an ERA of 3.41 prior to the injury. Though his strikeout rate came down, and his walk rate came up just a touch, his WHIP, at 1.22, is the best of his career, and he isn’t giving up the long ball.

Getting Moore back into the rotation is huge news for the Tampa Bay Rays. You’re talking about a pitcher that is among the very best in the game, for a team that is right in the thick of things, both for the American League East crown, and, as a consolation prize, the Wild Card.

Assuming all goes according to plan, the Rays will get Moore back into the mix at the perfect time. This should be a nice spark for a team that is as well prepared as any for the stretch run in September.

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