Rays Roundup: Wil Myers Will Be Fine, But Alex Cobb Could Be Out for Season

By Robbie Knopf

Day One of the Wil Myers era is over. Unfortunately, he didn’t exactly light the world on fire, going just 1 for 7. Even as he struggled, though, Joe Maddon was confident that good things are ahead.

"“He’s going to be fine,” Maddon said. “We just have to get him out there and settled down. He’s going to be just fine. He’s definitely fine here. I don’t think he’s in awe of anything. … He was not overwhelmed by the moment.”"

Myers admitted that he was nervous early on, but even if the results weren’t there, you could see the promise. Myers drilled a line drive single in his first at-bat of the second game for his first major league hit, worked a couple of three-ball accounts, and hit a couple of balls hard to the opposite field. Myers did strike out twice, but he swung and missed just once over the course of the two games and didn’t miss at any breaking balls in the dirt like he had been known to do previously in the minors. Myers showed the talent and the poise to be very successful in the major leagues, and while that didn’t happen on his first day, there’s no need for concern because it’s coming.

If there is a player for Rays fans to be worried about, it’s not Myers but Alex Cobb. Joe Maddon told Marc Topkin that Cobb didn’t just suffer a mild concussion when he was hit by the Eric Hosmer line drive but also suffered an ear issue, and it could take Cobb a long time to get back on a mound. Maddon went as far out to say that Cobb may not even return this season.

"Asked if Cobb would return this season, Maddon said, “I don’t know that. I don’t want to say one way or the other. We haven’t even discussed that. I think it’s important that he just gets to the next day and see how he feels and just stay together with the medical people. I would never create conjecture on that one way or the other. I really don’t know.”"

Losing Cobb is devastating for the Rays as he has been easily their most consistent pitcher this season. It’s even harder for Cobb specifically because it would be his second season-ending injury in his three major league seasons after a rib issue ended his season in August in 2011. And completing the trifecta of frustration for everyone involved is that the initial diagnosis of a mild concussion made it seem like everything was looking up–and then it all came crashing down. Cobb will be a question mark for the Rays the rest of the season, and while they hope to get him back at some point, they have no timetable when that will be and will have to move on.

Cobb may have gone down, but at least David Price is set to return soon after a successful bullpen session on Tuesday. Maddon described him as “sharp” and Price felt good, an excellent sign after he had felt some soreness his last time out. The Rays’ rotation, especially with Cobb gone, is in shambles and they have never needed Price any more than they do now. Hopefully Price will return soon and get back to being the pitcher that won the AL Cy Young just last season.