Alex Cobb SP TB 4 Days

Alex Cobb (oblique) said Sunday that he's feeling better and is targeting late May or early June for a return.

It would be on the long end of the previously projected 4-6 week timetable, but that's no surprise since the Rays are notoriously cautious with injuries. It's not clear when Cobb will be cleared to throw again, but it probably won't happen before the end of the month.

Alex Cobb SP TB 11 Days

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Alex Cobb is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks with his strained left oblique.

It's a terrible blow to the Rays rotation. Erik Bedard will attempt to hold down Cobb's spot in the rotation for the time being, and could be worth a look in mixed leagues for his ability to miss bats.

Alex Cobb SP TB 11 Days

Rays placed RHP Alex Cobb on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.

Cobb suffered the injury early on during Saturday's start versus the Reds but still managed to toss seven shutout innings. He's been sent to undergo an MRI to learn the extent of the damage, but oblique injuries usually require more than a minimum stay on the DL. Erik Bedard will take Cobb's spot in the rotation.

Alex Cobb SP TB 12 Days

Alex Cobb spun seven shutout frames in a 1-0 win over the Reds on Saturday.

Cobb was excellent, holding the Reds to just four hits, no walks, and one hit batsman. He struck out five batters and induced 11 ground balls. With a 1.89 ERA through his first three starts, Cobb has a legitimate chance to emerge as one of the AL's top starters this year. He'll get the Yankees next at home.

Alex Cobb SP TB 18 Days

Alex Cobb threw seven scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and a walk, but took a no-decision against the Rangers on Sunday.

Cobb got hit hard in his first start on Tuesday, but he rebounded nicely Sunday to strike out six while not allowing a run. He arguably outpitched his counterpart, Yu Darvish, but the Rays were unable to reward him with a victory. Cobb will continue to look for his first win next week against the Reds in an interleague matchup.

Alex Cobb SP TB 23 Days

Alex Cobb got the loss in Tuesday's start against the Blue Jays, allowing four runs in five innings of work.

Cobb was against the wall early after surrendering a three-run home run to Adam Lind in the first inning. While he held the fort from that point forward, he left a lot to be desired, allowing five runs and walking four while striking out three. Cobb is still a decent target to break out this season, but he'll need to show better stuff his next time out against the Rangers.

Alex Cobb SP TB 1 Month

Alex Cobb struck out a Grapefruit League-high 12 while allowing three runs in seven innings Saturday against the Orioles.

One of our favorite targets this year, Cobb has a 16/1 K/BB ratio in 11 2/3 innings. This was his first official spring outing in 15 days.

Alex Cobb SP TB 2 Months

Alex Cobb shut out the Blue Jays for three innings in his start Friday.

Cobb allowed just a couple of singles while facing mostly regulars today. He's pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings this spring. Cobb projects as a top-10 starter in AL-only leagues this year.

Alex Cobb SP TB 7 Months

Alex Cobb lasted just five innings Monday, getting charged with three runs -- two earned -- in a 5-4 walk-off win over the Red Sox.

The right-hander gave up five hits, walked a pair and struck out five. Cobb needed 94 pitches to cover the five frames, but he actually pitched pretty well, getting let down by his defense on multiple occasions. He left with the game tied and watched Jose Lobaton smack a walk-off homer in the ninth. Jeremy Hellickson will get the ball on Tuesday versus Jake Peavy as Tampa tries to force the series back to Boston.

Alex Cobb SP TB 7 Months

Alex Cobb held the Indians scoreless over 6 2/3 innings as the Rays moved on to the American League Division Series with a 4-0 win in Wednesday's Wild Card Game.

Indians starter Danny Salazar generated more buzz but Cobb ended up delivering the goods, allowing eight hits and a walk but zero runs over his 6 2/3 frames. It wasn't all roses -- Cobb worked out of jams a few times, including inducing a bases-loaded doubleplay from Asdrubal Cabrera to end the fourth inning. Three relievers combined to uphold Cobb's shutout and give him his first ever postseason win in his first postseason start. The Rays will now face the Red Sox in the Division Series beginning Friday.