Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Cobb to make 1st rehab start Tuesday
Posted Jul 18, 2013 by Roger Mooney
Updated Jul 18, 2013 at 06:14 PM
By ROGER MOONEY
TORONTO RHP Alex Cobb (concussion) said he will make his first minor league rehab start Tuesday in Port Charlotte for the Class A Charlotte Stone Crabs.
Cobb threw 59 pitches Thursday during a four-inning simulated game at the Rays spring training complex in Port Charlotte.
“It went well,” Cobb said. “It was nice to get out there and see competition again.”
Cobb had fielders behind him and runners were placed in scoring position so he could pitch out of jams. Some batters bunted to give Cobb the opportunity to field his position.
“It made me focus,” Cobb said. “And the thing that I was happy about was I was able to focus in and make some adjustments.”
Cobb said he will throw a bullpen Saturday. If all goes well there, he will begin his minor league rehab assignment with four innings or 60 pitches Tuesday. If that goes well, Cobb said he is scheduled to throw five innings/75 pitches July 28 for the Stone Crabs in Tampa against the Tampa Yankees.
Cobb, 6-2 with a 3.01 ERA, suffered the concussion June 15 when he was struck on the right side of his head by a line drive from Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer. He also developed vertigo.