At Tropicana Field, Cobb will return to MLB for the first time since April 12th when he pitched a scoreless seven innings against the Cincinnati Reds.
Cobb had been out injured with a left oblique strain but after resting, physiotherapy and rehabilitation the pitcher is ready to return after six weeks.
When Cobb left the field injured against the Reds the Rays were sitting on a solid 7-5 early season record but they have missed the pitcher badly, slumping to a 12-23 record. Cobb’s pitching teammates have struggled since his unavailability; David Price has been inconsistent and Matt Moore has been ruled out injured for the rest of the season.
Cobb will be able to provide relief for the Rays but will only manage to pitch 90-100 pitches in the early phase of his comeback to ensure the injury doesn't reoccur. The pitcher will also only be able to play once every four days.
Before the injury, Cobb began the season solidly with a 1-1 record and a 1.89 ERA. In a recent rehab match for Class A side Charlotte the pitcher threw five scoreless innings.
In today’s match-up against the A’s, Cobb will throw against Sonny Gray who has been on fire this season. Gray is 5-1 with an American League-best 2.10 ERA and is undefeated on the road in 2014 with a 3-0 record and a 1.29 ERA.
The Rays are slumped on a four-game losing streak and are already down 2-0 against the A's in a three game series.
Cobb made his debut in the MLB in August 2011 for the Rays and the 26-year-old Boston-born starting pitcher has shared his time between the Triple A league and the majors.
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