Rays Roundup: Chris Archer Wins July, Cobb and Moore Close to Returning?

By David Hill

Winning either Rookie of the Month or Pitcher of the Month is a feat in and of itself. However, Chris Archer surpassed that by winning both awards for the month of July. Over the previous month, Archer put together a 4-0 record with an amazing 0.73 ERA. He had two shutouts, and struck out 22 batters in his 37 innings.

Archer became the sixth rookie to win both awards in the same month, and the first since teammate Jeremy Hellickson turned the trick in May 2011. Congrats to Archer for his excellent month and two well deserved awards.

Continuing with more positive news, both Matt Moore and Alex Cobb are looking as though they may be close to returning for the Rays. In fact, both are hoping to return to the Rays on their next homestand. Cobb had his first rehab start the other day for the Charlotte Stone Crabs, lasting 4.1 innings. The plans are for Cobb to have one more rehab start before coming back to the Rays for their game against the Mariners on August 13th.

"“I got done exactly what I wanted to in challenging conditions with the humidity that was down there,” Cobb said of the start. “The heat doesn’t only affect the blister, it tends to have an effect on headaches, too. Not having to deal with any of that was nice.”"

Meanwhile, Moore is starting his rehab and has been playing catch over the last couple of games. Thus far, everything is going well for Moore as he comes back from his sore elbow.

"“Just getting the glove on my hand feels good,” Moore said. “I wasn’t testing it. I was just letting it go to see where it comes out. I’m satisfied with where we’re at.”"

Getting both pitchers back would be a boost for a Rays team that has been surging as of late. A rotation of Moore, Cobb, Price, Hellickson and Archer would likely to be something to be feared as the Rays approach the stretch run.