Rays to demote struggling lefty Matt Moore to Triple-A

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Rays starter Matt Moore struggled again in a loss to the Red Sox on Saturday, yielding six runs in three innings of work. He hasn’t had good results in six starts since being activated from the disabled list on July 2, posting an 8.78 ERA with a 2.06 WHIP and a 17/13 K/BB ratio in 26 2/3 innings. The Rays will demote Moore to Triple-A to work out his issues, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Moore, a former top prospect, underwent Tommy John surgery in April 2014. The 26-year-old had shown promise in 2013, his sophomore season, when he finished with a 3.29 ERA, earned an All-Star nomination, and finished ninth in American League Cy Young Award balloting.

Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery

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Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.

Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.

It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.

Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.