The tumultuous saga since Alex Cobb was hit by an Eric Hosmer line drive is about to have yet another sharp turn. If all goes well, though, maybe a happy ending to this could be closer than anyone would have thought. Rooger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports that Cobb had a successful simulated game on Thursday, throwing 59 pitches a finally facing some live batters with fielders behind him. For Cobb, he finally got the chance to feel at least a little bit of exhilaration he’s used to feeling on the mound every five days.
“It went well,” Cobb said. “It was nice to get out there and see competition again.”
“It made me focus,” Cobb said. “And the thing that I was happy about was I was able to focus in and make some adjustments.”
And after the success of the simulated game, the rest of Cobb’s rehab assignment and his potential return date are starting to become clearer and clearer. Cobb will thrown a bullpen session on Saturday, and if all goes well, he will throw up to 4 innings or 60 pitches in a rehab start at High-A Charlotte on Tuesday. He will then be set for 5 innings or 75 pitches five days later for the Stone Crabs. There are no sure things in this rehab–Cobb has been dealing with not just a mild concussion but some lingering vertigo from the damage to his right ear, and it may be a situation where the Rays wait until the last possible second to make sure he’s ready before calling him up. But it’s great to know that the ball is finally rolling, and while it may be unrealistic to expect Cobb to return and get right back to dealing like he was pre-injury, the Rays will be excited to get him back.