Moore eager to resume throwing off mound

Moore eager to resume throwing off mound

Moore eager to resume throwing off mound

LOS ANGELES -- Matt Moore (left elbow soreness) threw from 100 feet on Friday with Ron Porterfield, Rays head athletic trainer, and reported that all went well.

"I just played catch like a normal day," Moore said. "It was pretty encouraging to come off an off-day and be able to get treatment done and play catch like I did today."

Nothing has changed in the forecast that has Moore throwing from a mound on Sunday, which would be the first time he's thrown off a mound since his last start (July 28) before going on the disabled list July 31.

"I'll play catch [Saturday] and that's the goal, to throw off the bump on Sunday," Moore said.

Looking toward Sunday, Moore said he assumed he would probably throw 20 to 25 pitches.

"I haven't really thought about the regimen [on Sunday] but I think just getting off the hill and knowing I'm at least throwing fastballs, that's a good sign," Moore said. "That's the pitch that will tell you the most where you're at. If you can throw that without any signals coming up, we'll be OK with the other ones."

And after that?

"It's one of those things if the bullpen goes great, we'll probably throw another one Tuesday or Wednesday, and hopefully it doesn't take too much more than that to get ready for a game," Moore said.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.