Maybe they are just in denial. Maybe they are just delaying the inevitable. But for now, the Tampa Bay Rays insist that there is still hope that left-handed starting pitcher Matt Moore can avoid surgery on a UCL injury in his throwing elbow. That is not impossible, of course, as we know from some other cases, though it seems to be pretty rare.
After being placed on the disabled list on Tuesday, Moore went to Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on Wednesday. It sounds like that appointment only brought so much clarity to the situation, and it is still unknown if Moore will be lost for the season to Tommy John surgery or not.
Per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
#Rays Maddon says Moore saw doc, had tests , will be more talks tomorrow, it’s “not a slam dunk surgery right now”
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 9, 2014
If the Rays can avoid surgery and have Moore rest the injury and then return this season, it will be big for their rotation. Otherwise, Tampa Bay will turn to pitchers like Erik Bedard while placing a bit of extra pressure on young guys like Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi.