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Moore opts to delay return to Rays' rotation

Left-hander makes decision following Wednesday's bullpen session
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ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays pitcher Matt Moore will not return to the starting rotation on Saturday as he remains on the 15-day disabled list with a sore muscle in his left elbow.

Moore previously said he would pitch this weekend against the Blue Jays "in a perfect world" but decided, along with trainers, that his arm needs more time to heal after throwing a 55-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday. Moore will not throw again until Sunday.

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays pitcher Matt Moore will not return to the starting rotation on Saturday as he remains on the 15-day disabled list with a sore muscle in his left elbow.

Moore previously said he would pitch this weekend against the Blue Jays "in a perfect world" but decided, along with trainers, that his arm needs more time to heal after throwing a 55-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday. Moore will not throw again until Sunday.

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"I felt good, but good isn't great and good isn't 100 percent," Moore said. "We're looking to be 100 percent. There are still a few things in doubt that we're not comfortable with. We're just going to give it a couple more days and see where we're at."

Since aggravating the muscle in a July 28 loss to the Yankees, Moore has maintained it only bothers him when throwing changeups.

The delay is not considered to be a setback in recovery.

"We're talking a very little bit, but enough to that we want to make sure it's not something I have to be shut down again for if I go back out there," Moore said. "It's kind of like picking a scab. It's great until I pick that scab once and then it turns into my arm not feeling 100 percent."

While he feels better, Moore does not have a target date for his return.

"The progress we have made is substantial. There's just a little more to go."

Sam Strong is an associate reporter for MLB.com.

 

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