Rays left-hander Matt Moore was diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow last week. He attempted to throw today to see if the rehab route was a feasible option, but he confirmed to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times after tonight’s game that he will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery next Tuesday.
“What was coming out, it’s a shame to be have to be shut down right now but it just wasn’t comfortable,” Moore said. “Being stuck in the position I am right now, where it’s not exactly comfortable but it’s not exactly completely broke, it’s kind of one of those things where you know it’s going to get worse.”
Surgery is always the last option, but if the rehab route proved unsuccessful, it would only push the calendar back further for 2015. Getting the surgery out of the way now at least gives him a chance to contribute in a significant way next season. The typical rehab time after Tommy John surgery is somewhere around 12 months.
Moore has compiled a 3.53 ERA and 339/165 K/BB ratio over 347 innings in the majors. He turns 25 in June.
If it were up to him, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson would finish the remainder of his career in Toronto. In fact, he’d be “ticked pink” if the club decided to sign him to a long-term deal. Whether the Blue Jays share that sentiment is still unclear, as Donaldson said Saturday that the team has yet to engage his agent in extension talks.
“I’ve said that I wanted to be here,” he told MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm. “That’s pretty much all I can say. I’m not the one who makes the decisions, nor would I try to put them in the position to do that. Like I said, I believe the situation will become more fluid when the time is right.”
That doesn’t necessarily mean an extension is out of the question. The Blue Jays reached an unprecedented one-year, $23 million agreement with the three-time All-Star in arbitration, and have been reticent to field trade offers despite continued interest from the Cardinals this winter.
Donaldson, 32, is poised to enter his eighth season in the majors and fourth with the Blue Jays. In 2017, he batted .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs and a .944 OPS in 496 plate appearances, ranking sixth among all major league third baseman with 5.0 fWAR. He’s scheduled to enter free agency following the 2018 season.