Matt Moore cleared to throw to hitters for first time since Tommy John surgery

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Good news for the Rays, as Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that left-hander Matt Moore is scheduled to throw to hitters Sunday for the first time since his Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last April.

Moore is expected to have a total of three sessions against hitters before being cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. He’ll likely need around four starts to get stretched out, but the Rays are hopeful that he’ll be ready to join the rotation by as soon as mid-June.

Moore reached the majors with a ton of hype, but the southpaw has seen mixed results thus far, with a 3.53 ERA and 8.8 K/9 and 4.3 BB/9 in 61 starts and two relief appearances. Of course, he’s still just 25 years old with hopefully a lot of quality innings ahead of him.