Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 6/15/13
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. A line drive from Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer hit Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb in the head in the top of the fifth inning Saturday at Tropicana Field. Cobb was struck on his right ear, causing the ball to bounce toward catcher Jose Lobaton after the impact. In an announcement, the Rays said Cobb was taken to nearby Bayfront Medical Center for further examination. He was conscious the entire time. There was a brief delay as medical personnel tended to Cobb on the mound. Cobb, face down, grabbed his head and kicked in pain shortly after the incident. Rays manager Joe Maddon, pitching coach Jim Hickey and numerous Rays players gathered and knelt near the site as Cobb was immobilized on a stretcher and carted off the field behind home plate. The scene was eerily similar to an incident May 7 at Tropicana Field involving Toronto Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ, who suffered a skull fracture behind his left ear. You dont want to bring it up, Rays right-hander Alex Cobb said on May 8, the day after Happ was hit in Tampa Bay. Its almost like you dont talk about getting hit by a car. You dont talk about those things, because you feel like if you talk about it, the chances are it might happen. Its just one of those things you ignore. Cobb continued: We all think about it. We know the chances of it happening. Its a strong dose of reality, the fact of how easily that can happen. Its not going to be something thats going to change my approach on the mound. Its not going to change my intensity on the mound. It has always been in the back of my mind, and its still going to be in the back of my mind. Cobb, who entered with a 6-2 record and a 3.01 ERA, was making his first start since being taken off the bereavement list Friday after the death of his maternal grandmother. He threw 78 pitches. You can follow Andrew Astleford on Twitter @aastleford or email him at aastleford@gmail.com.
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