(NEW YORK) — In what has consistently been a tight division race, injuries to key players may further impact the American League East division crown. Tampa Bay pitcher Matt Moore will have season ending Tommy John surgery, while Maicer Izturis, Toronto’s second baseman, could miss the rest of the year with a torn ligament in his knee.
For the Rays, the loss of Moore comes on the heels of young righty Alex Cobb being placed on the disabled list. A promising lefty, Moore was diagnosed with a partially torn UCL and was mulling whether or not to have the surgery. Now, the 24-year old will miss at least the remainder of 2014, leaving a large vacancy in Tampa Bay’s starting rotation. Moore holds a career ERA of 3.53 in four major league seasons.
Izturis was diagnosed with a torn LCL in his left knee and placed on the disabled list on Sunday. The second baseman will seek a second opinion but surgery is most likely needed to repair the tear. Toronto has said that recovery time from the surgery could last between four and six months. Izturis was hitting .286 in 11 games for the Blue Jays.
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Jill Martin, CNN