Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Matt Moore will have Tommy John ligament replacement surgery next week and is estimated to be out about a year.
Moore, 24, threw Monday afternoon at Camden Yards before the start of a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles, but there was enough discomfort that he decided he was unable to pitch with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. Manager Joe Maddon confirmed the news to the team’s official website in a report published early Tuesday morning.
"I can’t help out on the competitive side of this business right now," Moore told reporters in Baltimore on Tuesday. "This is my first significant injury where I’m going to be missing a lot of time."
The surgery will take place next week and be performed by noted specialist Dr. James Andrews. Moore last pitched April 7 in Kansas City, where he left after 4 1/3 innings with pain in the left elbow. On April 8, he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow soreness. He visited Dr. Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., and Moore decided to test his elbow in the throwing session before choosing surgery.
He’ll be the first Rays pitcher to have Tommy John surgery since Jason Isringhausen in June 2009.
"I don’t think there was a whole lot of hesitation," Moore said.
Moore is 0-2 with a 2.70 ERA and six strikeouts in two starts this season. Last year, he won a career-best 17 games in 27 starts and was named to his first All-Star team.
"It’s awful, but it’s great," Rays manager Joe Maddon told reporters Tuesday. "It’s awful that we’re going to miss this guy for a bit. It’s good for him to be able to get past this moment and look forward to a really long and prosperous career. Almost all of the time, percentage-wise, it’s a very successful operation."