Originally written on MLB Injury News  |  Last updated 11/16/14
For the first time since being hit in the head by a line drive, Alex Cobb has faced live hitters.  The 25-year old righty threw to hitters Sunday afternoon and felt good about it.  Cobb, of course, suffered a concussion when he was hit by a screaming line drive on June 15th. According to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, Cobb was not anxious during his outing yesterday. #rays @Acobb53 said he was really happy with how live BP went, not anxious facing hitters. Will throw BP Thurs in port Charlotte — Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) July 14, 2013 After Cobb throws batting practice on Thursday, the Rays will likely evaluate the next steps for him.  They have a few different choices.  The team can send Cobb through a simulated game, then send him out on a rehab assignment.  Or they can keep having him toss batting practice.  It all depends on how ready Cobb feels and how ready the team feels he might be. Cobb was having a nice season before being hit in the head.  He is 6-2 with a 3.01 ERA.  The Rays are excited about what Cobb might be able to bring to the table long term.  He is still in just his third Major League season.  Overall, Cobb has started 45 games in his career and has a 3.60 ERA. Tampa Bay has firmly re-planted themselves in the discussion for playoff contention.  They rattled off eight wins in a row recently to help propel them to a 55-41 record leading into the break.  They are 2.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox for first in the division.  If the Rays can get Cobb back soon after the second half begins, he could help push them toward another playoff berth. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?

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