Matt Moore throws off mound for first time since getting Tommy John elbow surgery


Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times has the update:

Matt Moore reached the next significant milestone in his recovery from Tommy John surgery Tuesday, throwing off the mound for the first time.

Moore made 15 throws from about halfway up the bullpen mound at the Trop and said it couldn’t have gone better.

“It felt pretty good,” Moore told Topkin following the workout. “I’ve done a lot of dry reps and a lot of towel stuff (where he goes through his pitching motion with a towel in his hand rather than a ball). To feel on line going toward home plate and getting on the hill, it was good to have that feeling.”

Moore underwent the reconstructive elbow surgery last April, so he’s probably not going to be ready to pitch in a game for the Rays until sometime this May. The 25-year-old left-hander boasts a 3.53 ERA and 339 strikeouts in 347 career major league innings along with an extremely team-friendly contract.