The Rays will demote Matt Moore to Triple-A Durham on Monday, as MLB.com’s Bill Chastain writes. Moore has struggled at the Major League level this season and the Rays hope that a stint in the minors will help him get back on track. The move also gives Tampa Bay the opportunity to go with a four-man rotation.
“One, this is the first time we’ve had an opportunity to go to a four-man rotation,” manager Kevin Cash said. “It’s definitely not fair to ask Matt Moore to go into the bullpen. We need to get his innings on a consistent track, because that factors into what he’s capable of doing next year for us. But most importantly, we need to get Matt back to being the guy that he is. We know, as an organization going forward, he’s a huge part of what we’re doing. And I think this stability, keeping him on his five days, will help.”
Moore, a top prospect who emerged as a budding star in 2012 and 2013, has been battling his way back from a UCL replacement. So far in 2015, he has not looked like the same pitcher, posting an 8.78 ERA with 5.7 K/9 and 4.4 BB/9. With some time in the Rays’ farm system, the club hopes that he can get closer to his old form. In 2013, Moore earned his first All-Star appearance and posted a 3.29 ERA with 8.6 K/9 and 4.5 BB/9.