LHP Matt Moore (sore left elbow) threw a simulated game Saturday before the Tampa Bay Rays’ 4-2 win over the visiting New York Yankees and pronounced himself ready to rejoin the rotation later this week against the Angels.

Manager Joe Maddon watched Moore throw and said the southpaw should be ready next week when the teams meet in Anaheim.

Said Moore: “I know what I would like it to be kind of treat this like a game and get ready for three or four days of rest and get into a game. I feel comfortable enough with where I’m at to think a bullpen is going to get me ready for a game in four days.”

Said Maddon: “The options would be another (simulated) game. Another option would be a bullpen. Another option would be one of those two and then pitch in a minor-league game or one of those two things and pitch in a big-league game. Let’s see how he feels first.”

Both agree the way Moore feels today will factor into the next move.

Moore hasn’t pitched since July 28 so the layoff is becoming an issue. He threw 49 pitches over three innings. The Rays would like him to build his arm strength up to where he can throw at least 70 pitches in his first start back.

They might also want Moore to face something other than Riley Unroe and Nick Ciuffo two members of the 2013 draft class who played with the Rays’ GCL team Saturday morning then made the ride to the Tropicana Field to face Moore.