Matt Moore will return Tuesday in Anaheim

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Matt Moore surrendered four runs on eight hits in a four-inning rehab start on Thursday night at Triple-A Durham, but the Rays are going to stick with their plan and activate him to start Tuesday evening against the Angels in Anaheim. This according to beat writer Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

Moore hasn’t pitched in the bigs since July 28 due to left elbow soreness, but the 24-year-old southpaw is claiming to be healthy now and the Rays will need him to give them some positive results right away.

Tampa Bay entered play Sunday trailing the Red Sox by 4 1/2 games in the American League East standings.

Moore has a 3.62 ERA and 305 strikeouts in 308 career major league innings.

David Phelps to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.

Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.

As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.