Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Matt Moore will return to the mound Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Angels after spending over a month on the disabled list with elbow soreness. The Rays will need Moore to return to the form in order to stop their losing skid and get back on track to clinch a postseason berth.
“I’m very eager to get back out there. I think a month-plus is a lot longer than I initially thought it was going to be,” Moore said, according to RaysBaseball.com. “So I’m just excited to get back out there and give us a shot to win a game.
“It feels like it’s been a while. This is the first time I’ve ever had to sit out and watch like this. Getting to the field early every day, seeing games but not be able to participate makes a month seem much longer.”
Moore got rocked in his last start before being placed on the disabled list. On July 28 against the New York Yankees, the left-hander allowed five earned runs on eight hits in five innings. Tampa Bay is hoping that all of the rest will allow Moore to put that kind of performance behind him.
The good news is the Rays currently hold a two and a half game lead for the top American League Wild Card spot, despite losing five games in a row. Moore could be exactly what the team needs to end the skid and concentrate on winning the division.
The 24-year-old is 14-3 with a 3.41 earned run average and 115 strikeouts in 21 starts this season.