Updates from Tuesday, April 8

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times provides an update on Matt Moore’s injury:

MLB.com provides what the next step for Moore will be: 

Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan has more on Moore:

Original Text:

Matt Moore left the Tampa Bay Rays‘ Monday night game against the Kansas City Royals after suffering an elbow injury.

Moore was replaced after 4.1 innings by Cesar Ramos after giving up one earned run on four hits.

MLB.com’s Bill Chastain reported that Moore “grimaced” after throwing a pitch to Nori Aoki. He then shook his arm to demonstrate that something was wrong.

Rays manager Joe Maddon and assistant athletic trainer Paul Harker visited Moore on the mound, and Maddon ultimately decided to take him out of the game.

Tampa Bay announced that Moore will have an MRI tomorrow, but the arm injury isn’t believed to be serious:

R. Mooney of The Tampa Tribune provided more info:

Baseball insider Mel Antonen doesn’t like what he sees for the Rays:

2014 projected to be a big year for the 24-year-old. After stumbling a bit in 2012, everything came together for him last season, as he went 17-4 with a 3.29 earned run average and finished ninth in the Cy Young Award voting.

Moore is listed third in the Rays’ rotation, so the team could be without a key piece of its pitching staff for a prolonged period of time. That’s huge in what looks like a hyper-competitive American League East once again.

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