Ryan Roberts was at Tropicana Field waiting to be added to the Rays’ roster. We thought it might be a trade–didn’t happen. Instead, Roberts has indeed joined the Rays’ roster, but instead of it happening amid the excitement of welcoming a new player, it happened as a crucial part of the team went down with an injury. Matt Moore has been placed on the disabled list with left shoulder soreness.
In his last start on Sunday, Moore struggled, allowing 5 runs on 8 hits. As it turned out, it wasn’t simply a bad game. Moore felt pain in his shoulder, and now he has hit the disabled list. The good news is that the Rays won’t have to worry about filling his rotation spot as they won’t need a 5th starter until August 17th–if this injury isn’t serious, Moore may end up making that start. But instead of thinking about trading Roberto Hernandez or at least moving him to the bullpen, Hernandez will be one of their four starters and Jake Odorizzi will be the first starter on call from Triple-A until Alex Cobb comes back healthy. The news of this injury has taken everyone by surprise as everything had going perfectly for Moore of late up until his last start. But now the Rays will have to see how long he will be out and hope their remaining starting pitchers can pick up the load. On this July 31st, the Rays fans thought their team may be getting some reinforcements. Instead, they watched one of their team’s most promising pitchers hit the disabled list.