In case your MLB judgement has been marred by the Biogenesis scandal; the Tampa Bay Rays have been the best story in baseball this year. As usual, the Rays were dismissed by most of the experts in spring training, but they sit just one half game behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL East. Unfortunately for Tampa Bay though, the calendar has turned to August as the Rays were historically exceptional in the month of July.
Tampa Bay went 21-5 last month and its pitching carried most of the teams weight — Matt Moore, David Price and Alex Torres all posted ridiculous statistics in July.
With that being said, Moore apparently aggravated his left elbow the last time he took the mound, so the top-notch pitcher is heading to the 15-day disabled list. Now, before the Rays’ faithful start sobbing, keep in mind that Moore is only 24 years old and this is like just a precautionary measure. Hey — the Rays have their sights set on October and if they don’t give Moore the appropriate rest now, then he will only scuffle when it matters most.
Besides, fellow Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb is set to return from the disabled list within the next week, so he can step right in for Moore as his left elbow gets the much-needed rest. This minor of an injury is hardly going to slow down the hottest team in the entire American League.