The Rays announced today that Alex Cobb is going on the disabled list. Randi detailed some of the news in her recap last night but more news has come out today. Cobb has been feeling some discomfort since his last start in Seattle on July 30th. He seems to be going through a bit of a dead arm period as all tests were negative. Said Cobb:
“It felt OK in Seattle. Had an off day and started feeling a little weird after that. Ever since that off day I’ve been noticing that something is not right. It’s an arm injury. It goes up my whole arm, and something’s not right. I don’t have a feel for the ball in my hand. Hopefully we can take a few days off and everything will be OK.”
It looks like the Rays are just being cautious which they can afford to be at this point. They probably would have given him a few more days rest than normal anyway sometime in near-future like they did with Jeremy Hellickson in July.
In other rotation news, Hellickson, who would have started today, was moved back to tomorrow in order to give him more rest. The Rays don’t want any of their young starters to increase their innings by any more than twenty percent over the previous year. It looks like the Rays will go back to a five man rotation as Cobb’s replacement on the roster was reliever Cesar Ramos. The Rays have their rotation set for the upcoming four game series against the Kansas City Royals, but have not set their rotation for the series in New York this weekend. Presumably, the Rays will go with David Price, Hellickson and James Shields against the Yankees.