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Tampa Bay Rays' right-hander Alex Cobb was making a rehab start for the team's Single-A affiliate last night. Two pitches into the outing and Cobb was removed due to a blister on his throwing hand. Considering he's coming back from a line drive to the head, Cobb said after the short appearance that he's just glad he's pitching at all, telling John Lembo of the Bradenton Herald that the issue is minor.
"I'm trying to look at like it could be worse, and I
could still be not pitching at all," Cobb said. "And this is a minor
thing, it really is. I've had it my career in the past, and it hasn't been too
tough of an obstacle to overcome."
The blister actually surfaced a few days ago when Cobb was throwing a bullpen session. He was hoping to log four innings last night and then allow the blister to heal prior to his next appearance. While the blister didn't break, it also didn't cooperate and resulted in his removal after only two tosses.
Considering the minor nature of the ailment, Tuesday can still be considered a success. Cobb was able to return to live-game action for the first time since he took a comebacker off the head. He was forced to exit Tropicana Field on a stretcher, and there was those that wondered if he'd pitch again this season.
The Rays will likely allow the blister to fully heal before Cobb makes his next appearance, but regardless it shouldn't cause him to miss much more time than he already would have. The right-hander is just excited that he's approaching his return following his scary episode earlier this season.
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