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Matt Moore is expected to make his first start for the Tampa Bay Rays since Tommy John surgery a week from Thursday, July 1 versus the Cleveland Indians at The Trop.

It is not quite in stone yet — let’s call it ink with a bottle of white-out not far away — but this is the plan at this point.

The Rays announced today that Moore will make what is called his “fifth, and potentially final, rehab start” on Saturday for the Durham Bulls. If things go well, Moore will then replace Matt Andriese in the rotation which puts him on track to start the series finale against the Indians on July 1.

How certain are we that this is what is going to happen? If Moore had his way, he would be starting for the Rays on Saturday against the Red Sox.

After making his last start for the Bulls, Moore met with Rays officials and told them he is “ready right now,” according to Marc Topkin of TampaBay.com. However, the team decided to be cautious and will give him one more start in the minors.

Moore has not pitched for the Rays since April 7 of last season when he was pulled in the middle of the fifth inning. It was just his second start of the year.

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  1. Joe Dunn says:

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    I heard Rays want him to pitch the night game on Wednesday??? Also, Thursday is July 2nd, not 1st.
    Any chance of his last rehab start goes well we would see him on Wednesday?

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