Rays Roundup: Alex Cobb Continues to Inch Closer to Return

By David Hill

Alex Cobb is continuing to inch closer to a return for the Rays. Not even a month after taking a line drive off the side of the head, Cobb pitched another session in the bullpen, which he said went well. He has also taken the MLB concussion test and have gone through fielding drills in the last few days. Part of those fielding drills involved standing behind a screen as line drives were hit at him.

"“Everything went well,” said Cobb, who is recovering from a concussion he suffered after getting hit on the right side of his head in a June 15 game against Kansas City. “[My] arm is getting stronger and stronger, I think. And I’m getting more game-ready with the arm.”"

As it stands Cobb is targeting early August as his return date. If he is able to come back at that point, it would certainly be a remarkable recovery from what was a truly frightening incident. The timing of his comeback could also be a major boost for the Rays, as they would be adding another solid arm for the stretch run.

After yesterday’s 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins, the several of the Rays players and coaches, along with their wives and girlfriends, took to the runway to help children with life threatening illnesses. An annual tradition, the eighth ‘Rays on the Runway’ featured fashions by Tommy Bahama and Penelope T Boutique, and helped raise money for Children’s Dream Fund.

"“It’s just for a great cause,” said Brandon Gomes. “It’s a good time for us. This is the best group of guys I think I’ve ever been around. They’re truly pulling for each other. It’s more than just teammates — it’s friends — so to do stuff off the field for charities only serves to make us closer in here.”"

These causes not only help the community, but also appear to serve as a team building exercise for the Rays. As a team that thrives on great clubhouse chemistry, this event is another way where the Rays have been able to build camaraderie while helping out those less fortunate.