Video: Matt Moore on decision to have surgery

Rays LHP Matt Moore talks about his decision to have Tommy John elbow surgery, which will sideline him for 12-15 months.

 

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Rays game called off, makeup TBA

UPDATE, 6:15: The Rays will pitch Jake Odorizzi on Wednesday vs. the Orioles, and move LHP David Price back to Thursday's game vs. the Yankees. Maddon said they will sort out the rotation from there, with the possibility of splitting lefties LHP Erik Bedard and LHP Cesar Ramos by starting RHP Chris Archer on Saturday.

UPDATE, 5:51: There will not be a doubleheader on Wednesday. The makeup date will be announced in the future.

DEVELOPING: Tonight's Rays-Orioles game has been called off due to the bad weather that has hit Baltimore all day.

No word yet on rescheduling. There is some talk of a doubleheader on Wednesday.

With their pitching staff shorthanded, the Rays obviously would not want to do that and would look to make the game up later in the season.

The Rays return to Baltimore twice - on June 27-29, with a common off-day on the 26th; and for a four-game series on August 25-28.

 

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UPDATE: For starters, Rays at Orioles, postponed

UPDATE, 5:46: The Rays decided this afternoon that between the bad weather and the likelihood of the game being delayed, rain-shortened or interrupted, they would make it a "bullpen day" and planned to start RHP Brandon Gomes.

The idea was that using a series of relievers would make ore sense than potentially burning a starter. Also that even though RHP Jake Odorizzi, who was to start, felt better after being sick on Monday, that they didn't want to expose him to the elements.

DEVELOPING: It's been pouring most of the day here in Baltimore, and the forecast is for more rain, high winds  and cold temperatures - down into the 30s tonight - but as of now the Rays-Orioles game is still on.

The Rays are listing RHP Jake Odorizzi as their starter - and with word that LHP Enny Romero stayed with the Durham team and is starting for the Bulls tonight - the assumption is that Odorizzi, who was battling the flu on Monday feels well enough to pitch.

Lineups when available. Weather updates as well.

 

 

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Friedman: Moore surgery "inevitable," replacements internal

 

Rays executive VP Andrew Friedman held a conference call this afternoon, saying the decision for LHP Matt Moore to go ahead and have Tommy John surgery was not clear until Moore felt discomfort when playing catch Monday afternoon.

"Talking it through, at that point it became inevitable and then it was about how do we preserve as much of the 2015 season as we can,'' Friedman said. "and so we decided to go ahead and go the surgical route.''

Friedman said the Rays most likely will stay in-house for replacements for Moore and Alex Cobb, out 4-6 weeks with an oblique strain.

And he remained confident that the starters they do have - with Cesar Ramos and Erik Bedard currently joining David Price, Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi in the rotation - are good enough to keep them competitive.

"I can't imagine we'll be able to line up on something that we feel like gives us a better chance to win than what we have,'' Friedman said.  "We've got a number of guys we like who are up right ow and we've got a number of guys in Triple-A. We alwasy talk about how there's no such thing as too much pitching and unfortunately we're kind of living it first hand right now. …

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Rays lose Moore for the season

Matt Moore says that after playing catch, it was clear that he wasn’t going to feel comfortable trying to pitch through his elbow injury and could only make it worse.

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Matt Moore says that after playing catch, it was clear that he wasn’t going to feel comfortable trying to pitch through his elbow injury and could only make it worse.

Pitcher Matt Moore has surgery set for April 22 and is out for the year. Get the full story from Tuesday morning's Times: Rays' Matt Moore out for season.

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Moore throws, Maddon says it went 'pretty good,' no decision yet

Rays LHP Matt Moore tested his sore left elbow by playing catch today.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said he was told it went well - "The word pain was not used" - but said there has been no decision yet on whether Moore will try to come back and pitch this season with a torn ligament or have Tommy John surgery and be out at least a year.

Moore was not available for comment.

"Actually (Head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield) said he threw okay, but I'm waiting to hear back from him what the final analysis is. Nothing yet,'' Maddon said. "Ronnie said he turned it loose a little bit too, so we'll see. That was probably a good test for him. The word pain was not used. Ronnie told me he actually threw the ball pretty good.''

Maddon said he did not expect any announcement today.

 

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For starters, Rays at Orioles, before the rain

Chris Archer will be on the mound for the Rays, against Orioles LHP Wei-Yin Chen.

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Chris Archer will be on the mound for the Rays, against Orioles LHP Wei-Yin Chen.

UPDATE, 6:19: RHP Jake Odorizzi, the Rays Tuesday starter, is the latest player on the team to be sick, and he was sent back to the hotel to rest after playing catch Monday. The Rays are hoping he will be okay - if Tuesday's game is played - but as a precaution they scratched LHP Enny Romero from his scheduled start at Triple-A Durham as a fallback option.

UPDATE, 5:45: The Rays are planning to give LHP Cesar Ramos at least one more start, Maddon said, on Friday against the Yankees - though those plans can change if Tuesday's game is rained out, as looks likely now.

LHP Matt Moore tested his sore left elbow by playing catch today, and Maddon said it went well, but there will be no annoucement today on whether he will have surgery or try to pitch with the torn ligament.

With RHP Brad Boxberger joining the bullpen, the Rays will have only one lefty, Jake McGee. Maddon said that is not a concern becasue Boxberger and Joel Peralta are righties who can get out lefties.

Orioles lineup:
Markakis rf
Cruz dh
Davis 1b
Jones cf
Wieters c
Lough lf
Hardy ss
Lombardozzi 2b
Flaherty 3b
Chen p …

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UPDATE: Boxberger to join bullpen

Brad Boxberger has pitched in four games at Triple-A Durham, striking out 13 in 6-2/3 innings while allowing only three hits and two walks.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Brad Boxberger has pitched in four games at Triple-A Durham, striking out 13 in 6-2/3 innings while allowing only three hits and two walks.

UPDATE, 2:56: The Rays made it official, Boxberger has been called up.

DEVELOPING: The Rays have to add an arm to the bullpen tonight, and the Times has learned the call-up is expected to be RHP Brad Boxberger.

Boxberger, 25, has big-league time with the Padres in 2012-13, and was acquired in the off-season trade that sent LHP Alex Torres to San Diego.

Boxberger has pitched in four games at Triple-A Durham, striking out 13 in 6 2/3 innings while allowing only three hits and two walks.

The Rays rotation and bullpen has been in flux with injuries to starters Matt Moore and Alex Cobb and Joel Peralta being sick and unavailable the last two days.

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Day gets no better as Rays lose 12-4 to Reds

A day that started bad for the Rays with news that Alex Cobb was placed on the disabled list didn't get any better with a 12-4 loss to the Reds.

The loss of Cobb further thins their pitching depth. And the Sunday performance LHP Cesar Ramos, making his first start in place of injured Matt Moore, didn't do much to calm any concerns as he lasted only into the third inning, allowing four runs. …

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More bad news for Rays: Cobb on DL with oblique strain

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UPDATE, 5:52: The MRI indeed showed an oblique strain, and while Rays manager Joe Maddon did not issue a timetable, those type of injuries are likely to sideline a pitcher for four-six weeks at the minimum.

UPDATE, 12:03: Rays manager Joe Maddon said the hope is that Cobb will miss only two starts and be able to return when eligible, on April 28, or shortly thereafter.

Maddon said he noticed Cobb stretching from the start of the game but thought it was a cramp or soemthing and was surprised thatthe situation was deemed that serious given how well he pitched. "It was really confusing,'' he said.

The Rays could have sent Cobb for the MRI first, but Maddon said they felt he was going to have to miss at least one start even if it was mild, and they needed the bullpen help. That's because they are using long reliever Cesar Ramos to start today - unsure how deep into the game he can go - are likely without Joel Peralta, who is ill, and are not sure if Grant Balfour is available today.

DEVELOPING: The Rays sustained another blow to their rotation with news Sunday that RHP Alex Cobb was placed on the DL with a left oblique strain. …

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For starters, Rays at Reds, with Ramos hitting 8th

UPDATE, 12:20: Maddon said a main reason for hitting Ramos eighth is that he isn't likely to pitch deep into the game anyway and this could lead to a quicker decision. Also, he liked the way the lineup worked with Rodriguez ninth, then Zobrist, Longoria and Myers.

Maddon said they wanted Zobrist to get a game in the outfield, but it still seems more a question of their confidence in Forsythe playing out there.

UPDATE, 10:55: While the big news this morning is the Rays placing Alex Cobb on the DL with a left oblique strain, the lineup is quite interesting too, as manager Joe Maddon - as he has done previously - his hitting his starting pitcher, Cesar Ramos, eighth and has 1B Sean Rodriguez ninth.

Also, in facing hard-throwing LHP Tony Cingrani, Maddon for the first time this season put Evan Longoria third and Wil Myers fourth. Also, he chose to put Ben Zobrist in LF and Logan Forsythe at 2B, deciding that it was a better defensive alignment after saying during the spring they felt comfortable with Forsythe in the outfield.

Rays lineup:

Zobrist LF,
Jennings cf,
Longoria 3b,
Myers rf,
Forsythe 2b,
Escobar SS,
Hanigan c,
Ramos p,
S-Rod 1b

Reds lineup: …

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Kiermaier makes key play, gets sent back to Durham

OF Kevin Kiermaier made what by all accounts - from manager Joe Maddon on down - was the play of the game for the Rays in Saturday's 1-0 win, throwing out Joey Votto at the plate in the 4th inning.

And then after the game, Kiermaier was sent back to Triple-A Durham.

Kiermaier said he wasn't bitter at all because he knew it was to be a short stay as he was called up Friday to add some depth to the bench. But the Rays needed a roster spot to added Erik Bedard to the bullpen because Cesar Ramos is starting Sunday, so Kiermaier had to go.

 

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Rays win another close one. 1-0 over Reds

  The Rays got another strong starting pitching performance and logged another tense victory over the Reds Saturday afternoon, 1-0.

   Alex Cobb worked seven solid innings, allowing only four hits (and no walk) while striking out five in throwing 87 pitches. He was lifted in the eighth for pinch-hitter Logan Forsythe, who doubled to open the eighth but was stranded.
    Jake McGee worked the eighth for the Rays, and then closer Grant Balfour - in much less eventful fashion that Friday when he walked the bases loaded - finished for his fourth save, getting Brandon Phillips to ground into a double play after walking Joey Votto with one out.
    The play of the game came in the fourth inning, when rookie CF Kevin Kiermaier threw out Joey Votto at the plate.
The Rays got their run early, as James Loney homered to right off Reds starter Alfredo Simon to open the second inning.
  The Rays will try for a series sweep on Sunday with Cesar Ramos on the mound filling in for injured Matt Moore.

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For starters, Rays at Reds, with Kiermaier starting

UPDATE, 12:05: Maddon said Myers has been hitting the ball on the ground too much and chasing pitches a bit, but giving him today off was as much about stocking the lineup with lefties. Said he was eager to see Kiermaier play.

Maddon said he was not aware of sign mix-up between Price and Molina until this morning, that it doesn't happen too often.

UPDATE, 11:02: Kiermaier said Maddon told him during BP Friday he likely would start today, was obviously excited, didn't sleep all that well, woke before alarm today. "I"m excited,'' he said. "I'm ready to go out there and make a play, make some noise.''

Bedard said when he couldn't find a big-league job elsewhere he figured the Rays offered as good an opportunity as he could find, and was glad to be back in the majors. Isn't sure how he will adapt to bullpen role, willing to do whatever needed.

DEVELOPING: The Rays are back at it early today after last night's tense 2-1 win, with a different look to their lineup as Kevin Kiermaier gets to make his first big-league start.

Kiermaier, called up Friday, will be in centerfield, with Desmond Jennings off. Also, struggling Wil Myers gets a day off, with Matt Joyce in rightfield. …

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Bedard called up, will be in bullpen Sunday

Though LHP Cesar Ramos will make Sunday's start, veteran LHP Erik Bedard is being called up and will join the Rays bullpen.

Bedard competed with Ramos in spring training for the No. 5 job won by Jake Odorizzi, then was granted his release to seek another big-league job and ended up re-signing a minor-league deal with the Rays. He made one start at Durham, throwing 60 pitches over four innings.

If Ramos pitches well he could keep the spot opened by LHP Matt Moore's injury, but if not the Rays could easily switch to Bedard. The next turn is Friday against the Yankees.

 

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