Moore feels fine after second throwing session

Moore feels fine after second throwing session

NEW YORK -- Rays left-hander Matt Moore threw on Wednesday, marking the second time he has thrown a baseball since having season-ending Tommy John surgery in April.

Moore, 25, repeated Monday's session by making 25 throws in St. Petersburg. Ten were from 45 feet and 15 were from 60, and he's scheduled to go through the same drill again on Friday.

Teammates who have talked with or texted Moore reported that he felt fine after throwing and that he was excited to be throwing again.

Moving forward, Moore's program will see him throw three times a week -- with adjustments made depending on his progress. If all goes well, Moore is tentatively projected to throw from a mound for the first time around the middle of December.

Moore could return to the Rays' starting rotation as early as late May, but early June is more likely.

Moore only made two starts for the Rays this season, compiling an 0-2 record with a 2.70 ERA in 10 innings before the decision was made that he needed surgery on his left elbow.

In parts of four Major League seasons, Moore is 29-17 with a 3.53 ERA in 63 appearances (61 starts), recording 339 strikeouts in 347 innings.

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