Matt Moore sidelined with sore left elbow

Matt Moore’s changeup has caused a lot of trouble for hitters
this season.

Now it’s even a problem for Moore, Tampa Bay’s All-Star pitcher
who was put on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a sore left
elbow.

Moore will miss one or two starts. The Rays are calling the move
precautionary.

Moore is 14-3 with a 3.41 ERA in 21 starts. The Rays made the
move while leading the AL East, and called up infielder Ryan
Roberts from Triple-A Durham.

”If this was the playoffs or some situation that called for me
to be out there, I think without doubt that I could do it,” Moore
said. ”But there’s just no reason for us to push things right
now.”

Manager Joe Maddon said the injury ”wasn’t anything awful,
certainly a little more sore than he’s accustomed to.”

Moore left Sunday’s start against the New York Yankees after
just five innings.

”I think the second inning is when I started to feel it. But
only on changeups, which is part of the reason why I stayed in at
the game as long as I did, just mostly with fastballs and
curveballs,” he said.

Said Maddon: ”That’ll happen where guys will get sore on a
certain pitch, and then if they don’t throw it they stop being
sore.”

”But the changeup’s a big pitch for him, so we wanted him to
get that back,” he said.

The 24-year-old left-hander is tied for second in the American
League in wins and winning percentage (.824) and third in opposing
batting average (.212).

”Anytime you’re dealing with a pitcher and his arm, you’re
going to have some degree of concern, but everyone feels really
good about it. So does Matt,” Rays executive vice president of
baseball operations Andrew Friedman said.

”We’re being overly cautious right now. The (upcoming) off-days
afford us an opportunity to do that, and we’re going to make sure
that he’s 100 percent healthy when we put him back out there,” he
said.

Moore will be eligible to return on Aug. 13.

”I’m really not concerned about it for a couple reasons,” he
said. ”I had an MRI to make sure that structurally everything is
still intact, which it is. This a little hot spot so we’re going to
take our time, treat it properly, and make sure that I’ll be there
later in the season.”