Fantasy baseball owners got a scare when Tampa Rays’ pitcher Matt Moore left his last start.
That scare became a reality when the team announced that Moore has elected to have Tommy John surgery on his left elbow, thus ending his season.
Moore started this season with an 0-2 record and 2.70 ERA and was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the team two days after leaving an April 7 start against the Kansas City Royals with discomfort in his pitching elbow.
The left-hander also missed over a month of the 2013 season with discomfort in the elbow, but returned late in the season for the team’s postseason run.
“I would say it’s quite a bit different in how it feels, in how it dangles, with regards to soreness,” Moore said via ESPN. “The discomfort is similar. The severity has jumped from what I was feeling. It’s frustrating.”
The highly regarded Moore has a career ERA of 3.53 (109 ERA+) across parts of four major-league seasons.
In Moore’s absence, Cesar Ramos figures to remain in the Tampa Bay rotation, at least for the time being.
After a short outing in which Ramos lasted just two-plus innings during a 12-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, I wouldn’t have him on your radar just yet as he will have to pitch much better Friday against the New York Yankees or the Rays could look at another option.