BALTIMORE (AP) — Tampa Bay left-hander Matt Moore will miss the remainder of the season after opting to have elbow-ligament replacement surgery.
Dr. James Andrews is to operate next week on the 24-year-old pitcher, who made the AL All-Star team last year. Moore will be the first Rays pitcher to undergo Tommy John surgery since Jason Isringhausen in June 2009.
"I can't help out on the competitive side of this business right now," Moore said Tuesday before rain washed out the Rays' game at the Orioles. "This is my first significant injury where I'm going to be missing a lot of time."
Manager John Maddon believes Moore's decision will be beneficial in the long term for the pitcher and the team.
"It's awful, but it's great," Maddon said. "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."
Moore hasn't pitched since walking off the mound with elbow soreness on April 7 in Kansas City. He was placed on the disabled list the following day.
"It was an injury that I didn't think would be my ligament. I didn't think it was going to be something like that," he said. "It just didn't feel that severe."