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Rays still 'waiting on final analysis' for Moore

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KANSAS CITY -- Matt Moore's status remained uncertain late Wednesday afternoon.

The Rays left-hander traveled to Pensacola, Fla., to have the renowned Dr. James Andrews inspect his left elbow on Wednesday, but the findings have yet to be determined, according to Rays manager Joe Maddon.

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KANSAS CITY -- Matt Moore's status remained uncertain late Wednesday afternoon.

The Rays left-hander traveled to Pensacola, Fla., to have the renowned Dr. James Andrews inspect his left elbow on Wednesday, but the findings have yet to be determined, according to Rays manager Joe Maddon.

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"The fact that they did more tests and we're still waiting on the final analysis for the whole thing," Maddon said, "I hope we will have that by tomorrow."

Maddon said one certainty is that surgery will not be performed Thursday, though surgery has not been ruled out as a future option for repairing whatever is bothering Moore's elbow.

"We need to get all of the facts and see how we want to proceed with this," Maddon said. "See if surgery is necessary, if it's not necessary. We're still waiting to find out.

"... Honestly, let's just wait until tomorrow. ... It needs to be looked at a little more deeply, because it's not a slam-dunk surgery right now."

Moore started for the Rays against the Royals on Monday night, and he seemed to be finding a groove when he entered the fifth inning. With one out, he grimaced after throwing a changeup to Nori Aoki that made the count 2-2. Moore then wiggled his left arm in obvious discomfort before a mound conference that included Maddon and assistant athletic trainer Paul Harker. Shortly thereafter, he left the game.

Moore earned American League All-Star honors last season, his second full season in the Major Leagues, when he went 17-4 with a 3.29 ERA in 27 starts.

Included in Moore's 2013 season was a prolonged stint on the disabled list due to an elbow problem, a problem he encountered after throwing a changeup, which was the same pitch that caused Tuesday night's grimace.

Moore is 0-2 with a 2.70 ERA in two starts in this season.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com.

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