KANSAS CITY – Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Matt Moore left Monday’s game against the Royals in the bottom of the fifth inning with left elbow soreness.
A Rays spokesman said tests conducted at Kauffman Stadium were inconclusive but there was no reason to believe as of Monday night that it is serious. Moore will have an MRI on Tuesday.
If Moore ends up on the disabled list, Erick Bedard could be called up from Triple A Durham to take his spot in the order. Bedard, who competed for the fifth starter’s spot during spring training, started Monday for the Bulls.
Moore began flexing his pitching arm after running toward first base on a groundout to James Loney to start the inning. Four pitches later Moore was gone. With a 2-2 count on Nori Aoki, Rays assistant athletic trainer Paul Harker ran to the mound, followed by manager Joe Maddon. Moore left without throwing a warm-up pitch.
Cesar Ramos replaced Moore.
Moore allowed a run in the first inning and pitched out of trouble in the second and third when the Royals had two runners on base during each inning. He had retired six straight at the time of his injury.