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Matt Moore placed on disabled list, will see Dr. James Andrews

The words that no Major League Baseball team wants to hear, especially about their 24-year-old left-handed ace in waiting, presented in no particular order: sore pitching elbow, disabled list, Dr. James Andrews.

Tampa Bay Rays’ LHP Matt Moore has officially been placed on the disabled list. That move seemed likely after he was removed from his start Monday against the Kansas City Royals after grabbing his pitching elbow. The step that will follow that move, however, looms as a potential problem for the Rays: the dreaded appointment with Dr. James Andrews. Not dreaded because of Andrews, who I’m sure is a perfectly pleasant man, but dreaded because of the typical outcome of said appointments.

Anyhow, the team’s Twitter account passed along the update from Tampa Bay general manager Andrew Friedman.

This season has seen a flurry of young pitchers forced to miss the entire season due to Tommy John surgery. The Rays are hoping to avoid that tough break with Moore. In the meantime, their wealth of pitching depth will be put to the test early in 2014.

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