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Matt Moore cleared to play catch five months after Tommy John surgery

Sep 4, 2014, 11:50 AM EST

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Rays left-hander Matt Moore is scheduled to play catch Monday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in April.

It’s the first major step in a long road back for Moore, who prior to blowing out his elbow had emerged as one of the best young pitchers in baseball with his first All-Star appearance last season and a 3.53 ERA with 339 strikeouts in 347 innings through age 25.

Tampa Bay will no doubt be cautious with Moore’s recovery timetable, so don’t expect him to be ready for Opening Day next season and his sitting out most of the first half seems possible.

  1. hittfamily - Sep 4, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    “had emerged as one of the best young pitchers in baseball”

    I like MattyMo as much as anyone, but this isn’t really true. He’s likely the Rays #5 next year, and they are all young. I think he could be really good, but he’ll have to work on his control. 5 IP, 5 K, 3 BB, 110 pitches has been a pretty standard Matt Moore thus far.

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