Tigers southpaw Matt Moore is headed to the 10-day injured list with a right knee sprain, manager Ron Gardenhire confirmed Sunday. According to Gardenhire’s comments, the lefty could opt to rehab his injured knee on the IL or undergo surgery, though the skipper didn’t specify which kind of procedure would be recommended or how long a full recovery might take.
Moore, 29, suffered the injury during the third inning of Saturday’s 7-4 win over the Royals. With one out remaining, the Royals’ Billy Hamilton tried for a bunt and Moore went scrambling after the ball. He made the throw to first from his knees and shot wide of the base, allowing Hamilton to safely reach second. While he didn’t appear to be in immediate pain after the play, he tossed just two more pitches to induce an inning-ending groundout, then was promptly replaced by lefty Daniel Norris at the top of the fourth.
Prior to the injury, Moore had 10 scoreless innings of three-hit, nine-strikeout ball under his belt in 2019. He’s coming off of an underwhelming one-year stint with the Rangers, during which he pitched to a 3-8 record in 12 starts with a combined 6.79 ERA, 3.6 BB/9, and 7.9 SO/9 across 102 innings out of the rotation and bullpen.
In a corresponding move, right-handed reliever Drew VerHagen was recalled from the injured list and will assume Moore’s roster spot. Norris, who pitched three innings in relief on Saturday, will cover for Moore in the rotation for the foreseeable future. The 25-year-old has allowed three runs on five hits and three walks through 5 1/3 innings so far this season.