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.
"Usually they're spaced out a little bit more, but I still feel like we have the depth to withstand this and that we've got guys that can put us in position every fifth day to win a game.''