Matt Moore throws for first time since Tommy John surgery


From Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times comes word that Rays left-hander Matt Moore played catch Monday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery back in April.

Moore made around 25 throws from a distance of 50 feet, and Topkin says the 25-year-old had a “big smile on his face” after the successful workout.

Moore is aiming to return to the Rays’ starting rotation next May, after 13 months of recovery.

He boasts a 3.53 ERA and 339 strikeouts in 347 career major league innings along with one of the most team-friendly contracts in the major leagues.