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Moore sidelined by mid lower abdominal strain
Posted Feb 27, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Feb 27, 2012 at 10:35 AM
PORT CHARLOTTE Matt Moore won’t throw live batting practice today because of what he and the team is calling a “mid lower abdominal strain.”
The injury is not considered serious and keeping Moore off the mound today is said to be precautionary.
Moore said he first felt pain in that area Friday while throwing the second of his two bullpen sessions.
“It feels like a sore muscle,” Moore said. “It’s something I told (head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield) and we’re going to take it easy until the soreness goes away.”
Moore said he feels the discomfort when he throws, but said this morning the pain is not as bad as it was three days ago.
He also said this is the first time he’s experienced pain in that area.
“And that’s why it’s just, ‘Hey, let’s just let it chill out, let it knock it out in a few days and see how it goes from there,’ ” Moore said.
Moore said he has not seen a doctor or had an MRI on the area. He said he played catch at 60 feet on Saturday and 75 feet on Sunday and hopes to pitch live batting practice Wednesday, which is his next scheduled turn on the mound.
“That’s a possibility just because of how fast I am feeling better,” he said. “I do feel better than I did three days ago, and that’s a good sign already.”
Moore said the injury is not in his oblique – “I don’t have anything on the side. It’s basically right below my bellybutton,” he said – and doesn’t consider this a major setback.
“No, I don’t think it’s a major set back, because I told them and I still threw the next couple of days,” he said. “If it was major I would have shut it down, and said, ‘Hey, this is it for right now.’ But I lifted lower body the day before yesterday and I ran and did all my stuff like I was suppose to. Played catch and it felt good. We’re going to take it day-by-day and see how much better it gets.”