ST. PETERSBURG — LHP Matt Moore will join the rotation Sept. 3 in Anaheim, manager Joe Maddon said after Sunday's 3-2, 11-inning loss to the Yankees.
Moore, who hasn't pitched since July 28 because of a sore left elbow, is scheduled to throw a bullpen today then pitch Thursday in a minor-league game. Maddon said they hadn't decided for which minor-league team.
Moore threw 49 pitches Saturday in a simulated game. How he felt Sunday would determine the next step of his comeback.
Moore said Sunday he felt the normal soreness in the normal areas associated with pitching in a game, so that was a good sign. He said he was going to state his case on returning to the rotation this week but said he would accept whatever course of action the Rays wanted him to take.
“Whatever gets me back in the rotation,” he said. “That's the ultimate goal.”
RHP Roberto Hernandez, who will start Tuesday when the Rays open a three-game series against the Angels at Tropicana Field, will be on schedule to start against the A's on Sunday in Oakland. That could change since the rosters expand Sunday.
Change at the top
LF David DeJesus hit leadoff Sunday for the first time since joining the Rays on Friday. Maddon said the left-handed hitting DeJesus will hit leadoff more often against right-handed starters.
DeJesus is hitting .265 with a .345 on-base percentage this season against right-handers. CF Desmond Jennings is batting .221 with a .294 on-base percentage against righties.
“We didn't have that option a couple of days ago to do that, and the option showed up,” Maddon said. “So when you have those options, you have to utilize them.”
Jennings, who is hitting .319 with a .394 on-base percentage against left-handers, will remain the leadoff hitter against lefties.
OF Wil Myers will finally get a chance to play a big-league game at Kansas City today when the Rays return for the makeup of the May 2 game that was snowed out.
Royals fans had anticipated Myers' arrival last season, but the Royals did not promote him. They traded him to the Rays in the offseason.
Myers said he is looking forward to the trip.
“Yeah, I'm going back to Kansas City where I played. I'm excited to play in Kansas City,” he said. “I really want to win. That's the biggest thing.”
Helly looking for answers
RHP Jeremy Hellickson returns to the mound today hoping to have the fastball he used to beat the Blue Jays on Aug. 16.
Hellickson said he's having trouble throwing strikes with all his pitches. But if he can harness his fastball, the others should fall in line.
“It kind of does seem like that,” he said. “I think Toronto was really the only game out of the last five or six where my fastball command has been consistent for the most part. That was one of my better games overall, and that started with command of the fastball.”
1B James Loney was 0-for-10 during the series. He is hitting .230 this month. ... RHP Alex Cobb is 2-0 with a no-decision and a 2.16 ERA since returning from the disabled list. ... OF Brandon Guyer (broken right middle finger), who is on the major-league disabled list, began a rehab assignment Sunday with Triple-A Durham. ... OF Jason Bourgeois cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Durham. ... The 10th-inning pinch-hit single by Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez was the first pinch hit of his career. He was 0-for-14 prior to that at-bat.