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.
Pirates right-hander Joe Musgrove is done for the year after suffering an abdominal wall muscle strain and stress reaction in his pelvic bone. While he isn’t expected to undergo surgery or miss additional time in 2019, he’s been prescribed six weeks of rest before resuming any baseball-related activities.
Musgrove, 25, finished out his third year in Pittsburgh with a 6-9 record in 19 starts, backed by a 4.06 ERA, 1.8 BB/9, and 7.8 SO/9. Despite logging a career-high 115 1/3 innings at the major league level, he’s also been dogged by a string of injuries, from the shoulder strain that robbed him of eight weeks at the start of the season to an index finger infection that kept him sidelined for a minimum 10-day stay on the disabled list in June.
While he works his way back up to full strength yet again, rookie right-hander Nick Kingham is expected to cover for him and will make a spot start during the Pirates’ series finale against the Brewers on Sunday. The 26-year-old righty hasn’t started a single game for the team since August 1, and currently carries a 4.69 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.1 SO/9 over 71 innings out of the rotation and bullpen.