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Cobb’s surgery postponed

Posted Aug 12, 2011 by Roger Mooney

Updated Aug 12, 2011 at 06:07 PM

NEW YORK Rookie right-hander Alex Cobb did not have surgery today to remove a blockage near his right first rib caused by Thoracic Outlet Syndrome because of an adverse reaction to the medication he was taken leading up to the surgery.

A new date for the surgery is expected to be set Monday when Cobb is reevaluated.

Dr. Gregory Pearl, the vascular surgeon who has treated a number of major league pitchers, including Kenny Rogers and Jeremy Bonderman of the Tigers, will perform the surgery at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

The blockage is not a clot but a compression in the vein, similar to a kink in a garden hose, that is causing the numbness in Cobb’s right arm and hand, which he experienced for the first time while pitching last Saturday night.

The procedure could be as involved as removing the rib. Dr. Pearl won’t know what he is dealing with until the surgery.

Either way, Cobb is expected to resume throwing in 10 to 12 weeks and should be ready to return to the mound by the start of spring training.

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