Tampa Bay Rays GM Andrew Friedman spoke to the media Tuesday to address Matt Moore and his Tommy John surgery. Here is what he had to say.
Why did he decide to have this surgery?
“This is one of the first ones that I can remember that is in the grey area. We spent a lot of time over the weekend, consulting with the doctors to see what made the most sense. At the end of the day, it came down to how Matt felt. Leading into yesterday he felt really good and we progressed with him playing catch yesterday…”
Are you exploring other options?
“We’re always watching what’s going on in the industry and assessing other teams but I cant imagine we can lineup on something…we got a number of guys in triple A, and there is no such thing as too much pitching. I feel like we have the depth to withstand this. Right now, we are focused on the guys we have here.”
As much as you monitor these guys, are you surprised that these problems have developed at their age?
“No, if you look at the history of the game, pitcher injuries are inevitable. we have been more fortunate in the industry because of how hard our guys work and our traning staff. you look around the game and you see pitching injuries happen.
How has Matt been handling it?
“Extremely well. I think he’s focused on getting through surgery and dominating through rehab. He’s in a good frame of mind and he’s excited about being able to get back out on the field in 2015 and I think with a lot of guys, whether they are aware of it or not, sometimes the issue, in terms of finishing your pitches, I think as these things have been explained, if you get it done right, it puts you in a position to come back stronger.”
Does it seem like it was a combination of things or was it one moment when he actually tore it?
“It’s not clear, we’re still trying to ascertain that. When we signed him to a contract extension, he had an MRI. It makes it difficult, but it’s safe to assume that it happened in Kansas City but its hard to put the pieces of the puzzle together.”
How have the first couple of week been going?
“I think it’s always entertaining to assess anything…the guys in our clubhouse haven’t changed at all. We’ve had some games where we look great and then we have games that we haven’t looked as great. It’s an all hands on deck approach right now and we will get through these injuries. Hopefully, this will just be one chapter in the 2014 season.”