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.
Remember Manny Banuelos? He was once a top pitching prospect for the Yankees and then, apparently disappeared from the face of the earth. Or at least it felt like it. Now he’s in the news, however, as the Dodgers have signed him to a minor league contract.
OK, Banuelos didn’t disappear. He was traded to the Braves in 2015, had a cup of coffee with them, pitching pretty ineffectively in seven big league games, was released by Atlanta in the middle of 2016 and then latched on with the Angels. This past season he posted a 4.93 ERA over 95 innings while being used mostly as a reliever at Triple-A Salt Lake.
Banuelos pitched in the Future’s Game in 2009 and was a star in the Arizona Fall League in 2010. He was a top-50 prospect heading into 2011 before falling to Tommy John surgery in 2012. With Atlanta he suffered some bone spur problems and then some elbow issues that never resulted in surgery but which never subsided enough for him to fulfill his potential either. He suffered injuries. A lot of pitchers do.
It’s unrealistic to think that Banuelos will fulfill the promise he had six years ago, but he’s worth a minor league deal to see if the 26-year-old can at least be a serviceable reliever.