The Tampa Bay Rays have been handed a boost following the news that left-hander, Matt Moore, is closing in on a return to the team in time to help mount a challenge for the AL East title.
The All-Star starter has been sidelined since last month with an elbow problem but could now be in line to rejoin the rotation on September 3 for the trip to the Los Angeles Angels.
Moore was 14-3 with a 3.41 ERA before Tampa Bay were forced to place him on the disabled list at the end of July for what was hoped would be a two- or three-week stay, only to be kept out for an extra couple of weeks due to the elbow injury taking longer to heal.
Now back in full training, Moore is looking at getting his arm back 100% in order to get himself back on the mound as soon as possible. The Betfair baseball pages notes that Moore has had an excellent season so far, going 14-3 with a 3.41 ERA.
Tampa Bay currently find themselves with a 74-54 record, one game behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL East. The Rays are tied with the Athletics for first place in the AL Wild Card, but the Indians, Orioles, and Yankees are all within touching distance of the Rays, with shortening odds in the MLB betting.
After getting back to pitching in training, Moore admitted that he had felt the normal soreness he would after pitching in a regular game and would try to talk the management into letting him rejoin the rotation for the trip to Los Angeles.
"Whatever gets me back in the rotation," he said, according to the Tampa newspaper. "That's the ultimate goal."