DTDAlex Cobb SP TB 1 day ago
Cobb was scratched from his minor league start Sunday due to left lower back tightness, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Cobb missed a majority of the 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but has appeared to be healthy during spring camp thus far. This is the first news of any sort of back ailment, so this late scratch is certainly something worth monitoring. The 29-year-old will be an important piece to the Rays' rotation in 2017.
DTDAlex Cobb SP TB 5 days ago
Cobb gave up three earned runs on six hits, a walk and a wlid pitch over 5.1 innings in Tuesday's 5-4 Grapefruit League loss to the Pirates.
The right-hander improved as the game went on, overcoming the first-inning home run he gave up to John Jaso and the wild pitch that allowed Jose Usuna to score in the fourth. Cobb described himself as starting off "a little timid" and "too mechanical" before settling in. The 29-year-old was able to demonstrate improved command of his fastball and got his typical assortment of groundball outs with his changeup as the game went on. Cobb also worked on his curveball early in counts as he continues to refine his mechanics in anticipation of serving as the team's No. 3 starter.
DTDAlex Cobb SP TB 1 week ago
Cobb threw 78 pitches over 4.1 innings against Triple-A Rochester on Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Cobb cruised through his first four innings against the Twins affiliate before running into trouble in the fifth. His final line included three runs (two earned) on three hits and three walks. He found the strike zone with 52 of his offerings and notched four strikeouts overall in an outing intended to keep Cobb on his regular pitching schedule. "Four good innings and then I hit a little bit of a wall in the fifth,'' Cobb said. "Probably a little bit of lost focus more than anything. But overall it was a great day.''
DTDAlex Cobb SP TB 2 weeks ago
Cobb (1-1) surrendered two earned runs on four hits and two walks over 3.1 innings in Saturday's 2-1 Grapefruit League loss to the Red Sox.
Cobb pitched scoreless ball through the first two innings before surrendering a pair of runs in the third. He fired 63 pitches overall, 40 of which found the strike zone. The outing brought Cobb's spring ERA to 3.24 over 8.1 innings and was another encouraging step for the right-hander as he continues to build up his stamina. "I'm on the right path," Cobb said. "Real excited to get on the mound again. Get a bullpen. Just play catch. And take away a lot of stuff that I learned about myself today."
DTDAlex Cobb SP TB 3 weeks ago
Cobb gave up one earned run on three hits over three innings in Sunday's 5-3 Grapefruit League win over the Blue Jays.
Cobb is providing plenty of reason for optimism thus far, as he's now given up just one earned run over five innings across two appearances. The 29-year-old right-hander faced off against what was essentially the Blue Jays' regular lineup and surrendered his only run on a sacrifice fly by Steve Pearce in the second. Although the final line looked impressive, Cobb, ever the perfectionist, is still working on perfecting his mechanics. "It's a complete feel/mindset type of thing,'' he said. "Micro-fractions of inches here or there change everything down at home plate. ... Obviously it's taken a little longer than I wish.''
DTDAlex Cobb SP TB 4 weeks ago
Cobb fired two perfect innings in Tuesday's 19-0 Grapefruit League win over the Twins. He struck out two.
The right-hander, who has a reputation for being tough on himself, nevertheless very pleased with his initial spring appearance, especially considering his rocky 22-inning stint at the tail end of 2016. Cobb had missed all the 2015 campaign following Tommy John surgery, so his fresh start this spring and initial results are considerably encouraging. "I'm happy with the results,'' Cobb said after retiring all six Twins he faced. "And I'm happy with two of the three pitches. I was extremely excited to see the movement on the fastball (clocked mostly 89-91 mph), and the ability to throw the curveball in and out of the zone when I wanted to. The changeup wasn't there every time I went to it, but there were glimpses of it.''
DTDAlex Cobb SP TB 1 month ago
Cobb threw live batting practice Monday and was happy with the session, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports. "There weren't too many hitters, I had a lot of injured guys in my group who were kind of just tracking," Cobb said. "I had Brad Miller, who was swinging, and he swung often, thankfully [which allowed Cobb to see how a hitter reacted to his pitches]. But it was good."
The 29-year-old righty struggled and in five starts at the big league level last season after missing the entirety of the 2015 season due to Tommy John surgery. Cobb was 1-2 with a mammoth 8.59 ERA and 1.77 WHIP over 22 innings in five starts at the tail end of the season, and enters spring training looking to solidify a spot in the Rays starting rotation. Considering his difficult stretch in 2016, Cobb is looking forward to getting a fresh start this spring and getting some live game action in. "You go from flat-ground work in mid-January, progress up to the bullpens, and live BP. The games. Just another step in that direction. I was happy to get that under my belt."
DTDAlex Cobb SP TB 2 months ago
Cobb and the Rays avoided arbitration with a $4.2 million deal, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Cobb's return from Tommy John surgery went less than well in 2016, allowing an 8.59 ERA in five starts. He could still easily bounce back from that in 2017, but it could be a red flag for his recovery. Considering this is probably his final round of arbitration, his 2017 season will be vital to his career as he hits free agency at the end of the year.
DTDAlex Cobb SP TB 6 months ago
Cobb (1-2) allowed eight runs on eight hits and two walks and lasted just three innings in a loss Tuesday against the White Sox.
Cobb has allowed 15 runs over 4.1 innings in his past two starts after a promising beginning to his injury shortened 2016. He was touched up for a pair of home runs and has now allowed five in as many starts. His ERA is a brutal 8.59, a hard number to believe after he posted a 2.87 ERA in 166.1 innings last season.
DTDAlex Cobb SP TB 6 months ago
Cobb (1-1) just did not have it Wednesday against the Yankees, lasting only 1.1 innings and giving up seven runs on nine hits and a walk, taking the loss.
Cobb had been pitching well in his return from Tommy John, entering Wednesday with a 3.06 ERA over three starts. Then he ran into the Yankees, who rattled off hit after hit until Gary Sanchez really broke things open with a three-run homer down the left field line in the second, ending Cobb's night at 52 pitches. The outing more than doubled Cobb's ERA to 6.16. He'll try to forget the rough outing when he takes on the White Sox on Monday.