Found August 03, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
PLAYERS: Alex Cobb
TEAMS: Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb had a setback during his current rehab assignment, but he is now ready to resume pitching. Tampa Tribune's Roger Mooney reports that Cobb will pitch Saturday night for High-A Charlotte. He is scheduled for four innings or approximately 65 pitches. Cobb last attempted to pitch on July 23 but lasted just two pitches due to a blister, which may not seem like a big deal. However, Rays manager Joe Maddon says otherwise. "That tells you the power of the blister. When pitchers get blisters, man, it can really make a big difference." Blisters cause pain, which may cause the pitcher to throw incorrectly to avoid the pain, thereby losing effectiveness and even velocity. They can cause a pitcher to under perform. Cobb had some input on a blister's effects. "It sounds like kind of a wimpy injury, but it's a pitcher's kryptonite, it really is. It's nothing you can pitch around. It's there every pitch on every different pitch. You can't alter arm angles, alter different ways to pitch. That's the last place the ball leaves your body and you feel it every time if there's a blister. It's a tough thing to happen." Cobb originally went on the disabled list after suffering a concussion from taking a line drive to the head on June 15. When he left on a stretcher, he appeared that he might not pitch again for even longer than he has missed. He obtained the blister from pitching simulated games in Port Charlotte's humidity during his rehab. Cobb was 6-2 with a 3.01 ERA at the time of his concussion. MLB.com's Bill Chastain and Sam Strong state that Maddon expects Cobb back around August 13.  Cobb will join a rotation that is second in the American League in ERA at 3.81. When he and fellow starter Matt Moore return from the disabled list, Maddon will have to choose between Chris Archer and Roberto Hernandez for the fifth starter in the rotation. The Rays enter play on August 3 just one game behind Boston in the American League East and hold the first wild card spot by 3.5 games. Follow Raymond on Twitter @RayBureau. Like Raymond’s “Baseball Bureau” page on Facebook. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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