Rays’ Matt Moore hopes to return next week

Tampa Bay Rays starter Matt Moore is close to returning to the Rays’ rotation.

According to MLB.com, Moore threw a simulated game on Saturday and told reporters he felt fine on Sunday, hoping he can return to the rotation next week for the Rays.

“I feel good, just normal soreness,” Moore said. “I think it’s a good sign just waking up and having normal soreness in the areas I’m used to.”

According to the Tampa Tribune, Rays manager Joe Maddon watched Moore’s outing on Saturday and said he could pitch against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim next week if all is well, but according to Maddon, there are other options for Moore.

“The options would be another simulated game. Another option would be a bullpen. Another option would be one of those two and then pitch in a minor-league game or one of those two things and pitch in a big-league game. Let’s see how he feels first.” said Maddon.

Moore has been on the DL since late July with a sore elbow. The 24 year old southpaw is 14-3 with a 3.41 ERA this season and was a first time All-Star.

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