The Tampa Bay Rays have been struggling to keep pace in the American League East of late, but they should receive a boost on Tuesday when they welcome left-handed starting pitcher Matt Moore back to their rotation.
ESPN reports that Moore, who's missed the last month due to a sore throwing elbow, is slated to pitch in a minor league rehab game on Thursday before rejoining the Rays' rotation on Sept. 3. In his return, Moore will be taking on the Los Angeles Angels.
Moore has been working his way back from an arm injury after starting the season with a mark of 14-3 and a 3.41 ERA. It's evident that the Rays are counting on more of the same from Moore, especially after demoting struggling starter Jeremy Hellickson.
Moore threw 49 pitches during a simulated game Saturday, and Tampa Bay is expecting all to continue to go well during Thursday's rehab start. The youngster experienced normal soreness Sunday, and he was initially hoping to talk manager Joe Maddon into returning this week. However, the Rays will continue to play it safe with the southpaw, giving him a start in the minors prior to activating him from the disabled list.
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