Matt MooreThe GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

Royals 7, RAYS 3 (boxscore)

MATT MOORE UPDATE: The Rays have confirmed what we learned yesterday morning. That is, Matt Moore tore the UCL ligament in his throwing elbow and that it is unclear how severe the injury is. As of now, the questions are “is the tear complete?” and “how much of the damage is new, versus normal wear-and-tear?” Joe Maddon said surgery is “not a slam dunk right now.”

THE TELLING: Jeff Beliveau was optioned back to Durham after the game. Speculation is that the Rays will call up a left-handed bat for the interleague series. Vince Belnome and Kevin Kiermaier are optons…The Rays have not yet decided if Erik Bedard or Cesar Ramos will start on Sunday.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • If you didn’t get to watch yesterday’s game: a) you’re the lucky one; and b) here is the ridiculous catch Alcides Escobar made, robbing Yunel Escobar of a hit. [BI Sports]
  • Johnny Manziel will work out for the Bucs today. [JoeBucsFan]
  • MINORS [boxscores]: Enny Romero struck out 8 and walked 2 in 5.2 innings for Durham. He gave up 3 hits and just 1 unearned run. Justin Christian hit his second home run of the year. Jerry Sands had 2 more doubles, giving him 8 extra-base hits (6 doubles, 2 home runs) and 22 total bases in 7 games.

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9 Comments

  1. John K. says:

    I think the line should be ‘the Rays haven’t released who their starter will be.’ Because if we know anything about Friedman and Maddon they probably had this figured out when they broke camp.

  2. Drew says:

    CALL UP JERRY SANDS

  3. Paco says:

    I don’t understand why having both Rodriguez and Forsythe is necessary when it means Sands is in the minors. He could be helping this team which is struggling to score runs. I guess it’s all about preserving as much talent as possible.

    • Beth says:

      And doesn’t that make sense, rather than rushing to make moves based on a 10 game sample size that may limit your flexibility down the road?

      • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

        And, I don’t know that it’s sensible to say they’re struggling to score runs. If I’m not mistaken (and I’m not) they’ve scored 5 or more runs in all but one of their wins.

        • Rob says:

          Yes, but the bats the last four games have been awful. Maybe it’s just bad luck, running into Darvish and then some chillier weather games, but the offense hasn’t impressed me yet. Granted, it’s a small sample size but they are scoring 3.7 runs per game, which extrapolates to 599 runs for the season, which is 100 runs less than last year.

          Sands may not be the answer, but I really don’t understand the Forsythe deal after seeing him play. He is a slower version of Sean Rodriguez. He limits the Rays flexibility – they need a switch hitter or lefty on the bench.

  4. Gus says:

    They gave up good value for Fosythe, and think he is Zobrist 2.0 but he has been brutal so far. Can’t go too long with both him and S-Rod on the roster. Excited to see Kiermayer getting called up. He has is a very interesting player to me — a homegrown low draft pick who has earned his way.

  5. formattedfire3 says:

    Would love Guyer to get more AB’s…..

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