Marc Topkin just announced via Twitter that, “Alex Cobb to undergo season-ending surgery to remove ‘blockage’ from area of first rib on right side. Should be ready for 2012.” There is nothing from the Rays as of yet.
When he went on the disabled list earlier this week, reports were that he was just going through a “dead arm” phase. Cobb felt that he would be back soon. In fact, Maddon scolded him by pointing out that in the future Cobb needs to be more open about any health issues.
This signals the end of a fine debut campaign for Cobb. He ended the year at 3-2 with a 3.42 ERA. He was especially impressive in June and July after he was called up a second time. He has proven that he is ready for the major leagues and I can’t wait to see him in the rotation starting in 2012.
Topkin went on further to note that the Rays will be going back to five starters for now, but as always they are still concerned about Jeremy Hellickson‘s innings. We may be seeing another pitching prospect up with the big club before long.