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Cobb to start Saturday vs. Braves

Posted May 18, 2012 by Roger Mooney

Updated May 18, 2012 at 01:38 PM

Alex Cobb will be recalled from Triple A Durham and start Saturday against the visiting Braves at Tropicana Field, taking the turn of Jeff Niemann, who suffered a fracture right fibula Monday in Toronto.

Cobb was expected to join the Rays rotation at some point this season in much the same fashion as he did last year when he became the sixth starter after the All-Star Break. The Rays, though, didn’t expect it to be this soon, but injuries have changed more than one set of plans of the Rays this season.

Cobb was 1-4 with a 4.14 ERA in eight starts for the Bulls, though that ERA is high because of a pair of rough outings. He allowed six runs in four innings in one start and six runs in 1 1/3 in another. In the other six outings, Cobb allowed two runs or less.

In nine starts with the Rays in 2011, Cobb was 3-2 with a 3.42 ERA. He was 3-0 in his first seven starts.

His season ended with surgery Aug. 18 to remove a blood clot and a blockage near his first right rib. He lost the rib during the surgery.

Cobb was with the Rays briefly during the first road trip when he was called up to add a fresh arm to an overwork bullpen. He did not pitch.

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