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Cobb (forearm) has said that the pain he has been experiencing is "pretty much gone", Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
"I can't even make it hurt," Cobb went on to say. This is obviously a welcome development for the Rays, as the team's No. 1 starter now expects to begin throwing at some point later this week. Barring any further setbacks, Cobb could likely take the mound for the Rays by late-April.
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Cobb (forearm) said that he is nearly pain free. He's scheduled to have a follow-up visit with his doctor Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Depending on how the check-up goes Tuesday, Cobb could seemingly progress toward a throwing program in the near future and make the possibility of an April return a realistic one.
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Cobb (forearm), who will miss the start of the regular season, hopes to return to the Rays in April, is not expected to be ready for the start of the season, the Tampa Tribune reports. "I feel there is no way to know if I made it any worse or anything by doing it," Cobb said. "I don't believe that is the case, but by getting out when I did and not allowing those muscles to fatigue around the ligament and me just basically pitching off of my ligament was absolutely the best decision that could have gone into that circumstance. Things could have ended up becoming way worse than what we're faced with."
Whether or not that timetable holds up will hinge on how Cobb feels upon being evaluated again next week, after going through a one-week shutdown period. Cobb's absence, along with the ailments that have slowed Drew Smyly and Alex Colome, have left the Rays thinned out in the rotation to begin the season.
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The Rays confirmed that Cobb has tendinitis in his forearm and will not make the Opening Day start, the St. Petersburg Times reports.
Chris Archer is now the likely Opening Day starter for the Rays. Even though Cobb was downplaying the injury Tuesday, the Rays are taking the cautious route.
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Cobb left Tuesday's start with forearm tightness, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Forearm tightness is never the initial diagnosis you want to hear, due to the connection with Tommy John surgery. Of course, that doesn't mean anything should be assumed, as it's quite possible this is just a minor injury. Speaking after his outing, Cobb said he does not believe the injury is serious, adding that he actually felt a bit of tightness before he even took the mound, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Cobb still managed to pitch three innings, and he doesn't seem too worried about the injury.
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Cobb has been named the Rays' Opening Day starter by Manager Kevin Cash, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Manager Kevin Cash got an early start on setting his regular-season rotation by naming Cobb the guy for Opening Day on April 6th versus the Orioles. The plan is for Cobb to be followed by Chris Archer, Drew Smyly and Jake Odorizzi.
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Cobb agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with the Rays on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
An oblique injury cost Cobb more than a month early in the year, and he struggled to find his rhythm immediately upon his return (5.35 ERA in June), but the right-hander caught fire in the second half. In 14 starts after the All-Star break (spanning 90.1 innings), Cobb posted a 1.79 ERA, .218 BAA and 81:23 K:BB, solidifying his spot atop the Rays' rotation heading into 2015.
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Cobb gave up one run on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts in seven innings Tuesday against the Red Sox.
Cobb hasn't given up more than three earned runs in a start since June 23, and if he could just make it through a season without missing significant time due to an injury, he would be a no-doubt top-20 starting pitcher in fantasy. On Tuesday he eclipsed the 160-inning mark at the big-league level for the first time in his career, and he'll have a chance to tack on to that total in the final game of the season Sunday in Cleveland.
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Cobb tossed six innings in Wednesday's loss to the Yankees, allowing three earned runs on four hits and three walks while recording three strikeouts.
Ending a streak of 12 consecutive starts in which he allowed two earned runs or less, Cobb was not quite at top form Wednesday evening, which ultimately resulted in his eighth loss of the season. The Rays' right-hander has been one of the AL's top pitchers of the second half, posting an outstanding 1.51 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 8.5 K/9 across 77.1 innings. Cobb will likely be back on the mound either next Wednesday in Boston.
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Cobb took a no-decision against the Yankees on Thursday, but was fantastic, allowing just one hit and one run in 7.1 innings. He issued a couple of walks and struck out four.
Cobb had a no-hitter through the first seven innings, but was pulled after giving up a one-out double to Chris Young, who eventually scored off of reliever Brad Boxberger. He was still in line for the win, but closer Jake McGee surrendered three runs in the bottom of the ninth. The underrated Cobb has been superb in his last 13 starts, not allowing more than two runs in any of those outings, while going 5-1 during that stretch. He's scheduled for just one appearance next week, but start him with confidence, as he'll take on the Yankees again at home.