Tampa Bay starting pitcher Matt Moore to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery

Surgery will be performed April 22

BALTIMORE, Md. - What was feared has happened.

Tampa Bay Rays All-Star pitcher Matt Moore has shut it down for the season, and likely a year.

The Rays said starting pitcher Matt Moore will undergo Tommy John surgery on April 22 to repair his ulnar-collateral ligament in his elbow.

Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times learned after Monday night's loss to Baltimore (http://wfts.tv/ RlgrHq ).

Moore had a throwing session Monday afternoon. He knew then he could not pitch with a partially torn UCL.

"What was coming out, it's a shame to have to be shut down right now, but it just wasn't comfortable," Moore told Topkin. "Being stuck in the position I am right now, where it's not exactly comfortable but it's not exactly completely broke, it's kind of one of those things that you know it's going to get worse. If we had to have our best guess, that was what we would say — it's going to get worse."

The Rays placed Moore on the 15-day disabled list on April 8, a day after he left a game against the Kansas City Royals showing obvious discomfort with his left arm.

Moore visited orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola after his first MRI was inconclusive. The second MRI showed Moore did not completely tear the ulnar-collateral ligament in his left elbow.

Team staff was unsure whether to try and have Moore rehab the injury or undergo the season-ending surgery.

The Rays wanted Moore to play catch before Monday's game in Baltimore to help determine whether or not he could attempt to rehab the injury. With surgery now scheduled, it appears Moore did not feel right during the catch session.

According to WebMD , rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery usually takes about a year. Pitchers who undergo the surgery can return to the mound after 7 months and can throw in competition as soon as 9 months if they are pain-free and have regained their normal strength and range of motion.

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