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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Rays recall Cobb, send De La Rosa to Durham
Posted Apr 14, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Apr 14, 2012 at 11:53 PM
BOSTON In an effort to stop the bleeding in the bullpen caused by a trio of subpar starts from members of the rotation, the Rays recalled RHP Alex Cobb from Durham late Saturday night and optioned RHP Dane De La Rosa back to the Bulls.
De La Rosa was recalled Saturday and replaced RHP Josh Lueke, who struggled in two appearances this season and was optioned to Durham after Friday’s loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park. De La Rosa worked the eighth inning of Saturday’s 13-5 loss and allowed five runs.
The reason De La Rosa was called up was to add a fresh arm to the bullpen. But De La Rosa needed 35 pitches to get through the inning so he wouldn’t be able to pitch for at least two games.
With the other arms in the bullpen taxed by short outings from Jeff Niemann (five), David Price (three) and Jeremy Hellickson (five) during this three-game losing streak, the Rays need another fresh arm for the bullpen.
Cobb, who made nine starts last season for the Rays, is the next man up.