Matt Moore will join the rotation Sept. 3 in Anaheim manager Joe Maddon said after Sunday's 3-2 11-inning loss to the Yankees.

Moore who hasn't pitched since July 28 because of a sore left elbow is scheduled to throw a bullpen today then pitch Thursday in a minor-league game. Maddon said they hadn't decided for which minor-league team.

Moore threw 49 pitches Saturday in a simulated game. How he felt Sunday would determine the next step of his comeback.

Moore said Sunday he felt the normal soreness in the normal areas associated with pitching in a game so that was a good sign. He said he was going to state his case on returning to the rotation this week but said he would accept whatever course of action the Rays wanted him to take.

“Whatever gets me back in the rotation” he said. “That's the ultimate goal.”

RHP Roberto Hernandez who will start Tuesday when the Rays open a three-game series against the Angels at Tropicana Field will be on schedule to start against the A's on Sunday in Oakland. That could change since the rosters expand Sunday.

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LF David DeJesus hit leadoff Sunday for the first time since joining the Rays on Friday. Maddon said the left-handed hitting DeJesus will hit leadoff more often against right-handed starters.

DeJesus is hitting .265 with a .345 on-base percentage this season against right-handers. CF Desmond Jennings is batting .221 with a .294 on-base percentage against righties.

“We didn't have that option a couple of days ago to do that and the option showed up” Maddon said. “So when you have those options you have to utilize them.”

Jennings who is hitting .319 with a .394 on-base percentage against left-handers will remain the leadoff hitter against lefties.