Fantasy impact: Matt Moore visiting Dr. James Andrews, Tommy John surgery on horizon? (VIDEO)

By Brian Flood ( @briansflood
on Apr 09, 2014 10:47 AM EDT
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Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Moore will visit Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday. If you aren't aware, Dr. Andrews is the baseball equivalent of the Grim Reaper.

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“I think any time a pitcher goes on the disabled list and is going to see Dr. Andrews, you have reason to be concerned, so we’re concerned until we’re told not to be concerned,” Rays executive of vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman told the Tampa Tribune.

Moore, who left Monday night’s game with soreness in his pitching elbow, was placed on the disabled list Tuesday after an MRI proved inconclusive. Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reported Tuesday that Moore's injury involves the ulnar collateral ligament, which almost always leads to Tommy John surgery.

"Hopefully we'll be able to find a place where maybe the surgery isn't the option No. 1, and we'll be able to get to a place of comfortability so I can finish the year,'' Moore told the Tampa Bay Times.

Moore missed more than a month last season with the same injury. “It’s frustrating even more so now,” Moore told reporters Tuesday.

If you’re a fantasy owner relying on Moore this season, it’s probably time to start looking for alternative options. Moore is 0-2 with a 2.70 ERA and 1.50 WHIP through two starts this season.

Nate Eovaldi and Tyler Skaggs are pitchers that should be available in shallow mixed leagues that could be potential replacements for Moore. If you play in a deeper format, check the availability of Edinson Volquez, Aaron Harang, Jenrry Mejia, Robbie Ross and Jason Vargas if you’re looking for an extra arm.

This comes as sad news for Moore, who was ranked among top prospects such as Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Aroldis Chapman entering the 2011 season. Hopefully the Grim Reaper doesn't claim his next victim on Wednesday.

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