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Rays Cobb making progress

Posted Jul 11, 2013 by Roger Mooney

Updated Jul 11, 2013 at 11:36 AM

ST. PETERSBURG Rays pitcher Alex Cobb threw another bullpen Thursday morning, his third since suffering a concussion and developing vertigo after taking a line drive June 15 off the side of his right head.

Cobb said it went well and hopes to throw a round of live batting practice Sunday morning.

He said he took a third concussion test Wednesday and, while he has yet to receive the official results, he said he was told by his doctor that he did well. If he passes, then his rehab moves to the stage where he his a pitcher trying to build up his arm strength so he can face major league hitters.

Cobb had targeted late July, early August for his return though said it might be more like early August.

“Late July might be a little bit of a push, but might as well set the goal high,” he said.

Cobb also took fielding practice this week, fielding balls hit back to the mound and pop ups. On Wednesday, he stood behind a cage in the bullpen while pitching coach Jim Hickey hit line drives at him.

He said that was “Pretty scary. The first PFP (Pitcher’s Fielding Practice) it seemed like (the ball) came back a lot faster.”

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