ST. PETERSBURG – Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Moore underwent successful Tommy John surgery this afternoon to repair the partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.
The surgery was performed in Pensacola by Dr. James Andrews, the Rays medical director and a leader in this type of surgery.
Moore is the 13th pitcher in the major leagues to have this type of surgery since the beginning of spring training. He is the first Ray to undergo their procedure since pitcher Jason Isringhausen in 2009.
“I think if you look over the history of the game, pitcher injuries are something that in a lot of ways are inevitable,” Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said last week. “It’s an unnatural motion, and I think we’ve been more fortunate than the industry because of, A, how hard our pitchers work; and B, the tremendous training staff we have and how much they care and how diligent they are. You look around the game over the last 50, 100 years, pitching injuries happen. And we do all we can to put our guys in the best position to stay as healthy as they can for as long as they can.”
Moore is expected to miss 12 to 15 months. He will do his rehab in St. Petersburg with the Rays training staff.