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Alex Cobb Injury: Updates on Rays Pitcher's Head
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Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb was diagnosed with a mild concussion, and all tests have come back normal after he was hit in the head by a line drive from Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer in June.

 

UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 15, at 3:35 p.m. ET

From the Rays official Twitter account:

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 10:52 p.m. ET

From Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times:

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UPDATE: Sunday, Aug. 11, at 11:05 a.m. ET

The Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin has the latest on Alex Cobb's recovery:

RHP Alex Cobb, out since June 15, came through his Friday rehab start well and with a normal bullpen session this week is set to rejoin the rotation Thursday.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 5:50 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

From TBO.com's Roger Mooney:

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UPDATE: Sunday, August 4, at 12:15 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

More from Topkin:

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UPDATE: Saturday, August 3, at 11:25 a.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

The Tampa Tribune's Mooney has the latest on Cobb:

RHP Alex Cobb fought his way back from a concussion and vertigo, yet it's a blister that has slowed his return to the rotation.

"It sounds like kind of a wimpy injury, but it's a pitcher's kryptonite, it really is," Cobb said.

Cobb, who has not pitched since taking a line drive off the side of his head June 15, will make a rehab start tonight in Port Charlotte for the Class A Stone Crabs. He's scheduled to throw four innings or 65 pitches.

This is Cobb's second go at the minor league rehab process. His first, July 23, was stopped after two pitches because of a blister on his right index finger. He didn't throw without wearing a protective covering on the blister until Wednesday. 

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UPDATE: Sunday, July 28, at 12:10 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin has the latest on Alex Cobb:

The pitching staff has been doing extremely well and has reinforcements, with RHP Alex Cobb expected back by mid August to further bolster the rotation...

... The blister on Cobb's right index finger is not healed enough for him to pitch in a game, delaying his next rehabilitation start until at least Tuesday.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, July 24, at 7:25 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

MLB.com's Greg Zeck has the latest on Alex Cobb:

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UPDATE: Friday, July 19, at 12:50 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune has the latest on Cobb's rehab from being hit by a line drive. 

RHP Alex Cobb said he will make his first minor league rehab start Tuesday in Port Charlotte for the Class A Charlotte Stone Crabs.

Cobb threw 59 pitches Thursday during a four-inning simulated game at the Rays spring training complex in Port Charlotte.

"It went well," Cobb said. "It was nice to get out there and see competition again."

Cobb had fielders behind him and runners were placed in scoring position so he could pitch out of jams. Some batters bunted to give Cobb the opportunity to field his position.

"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."

Cobb said he will throw a bullpen Saturday. If all goes well there, he will begin his minor league rehab assignment with four innings or 60 pitches Tuesday. If that goes well, Cobb said he is scheduled to throw five innings/75 pitches July 28 for the Stone Crabs in Tampa against the Tampa Yankees.

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UPDATE: Sunday, July 14, at 1:01 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times has an update from Alex Cobb on his mindset as he tries to return from his scary head injury.

Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune also had more thoughts from Cobb.

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UPDATE: Saturday, July 13, at 1:45 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune has the latest on Cobb's recent concussion tests, and his status going forward. 

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UPDATE: Wednesday, July 11, at 11:45 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

The Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin provides an update on Alex Cobb:

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UPDATE: Monday, July 8, at 11:10 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

The Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin has the latest on Alex Cobb:

RHP Alex Cobb hopes to throw another bullpen session today as he continues recovering from the concussion, headaches and issues sustained June 15 when hit by a line drive. 'I've really improved a lot the last few days,' he said. 'The vertigo's almost gone.'

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UPDATE: Friday, July 5, at 9:00 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

MLB.com reporters Bill Chastain and Sam Strong reported on Cobb's first bullpen session since his concussion:

"Bullpen went great," Cobb said. "Felt like I did before I got injured. Surprising, because usually you feel a little awkward on the mound when you haven't been out there for a while. It's the most activity we've done since I've [been back]. Getting on the mound is obviously a step in the right direction."

Cobb acknowledged that he doesn't think he's "extremely close" to his return, but he added: "We're moving a lot faster than we expected."

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UPDATE: Monday, July 1, at 9:55 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

The Tampa Tribune's Nick Williams has the latest on Alex Cobb:

RHP Alex Cobb said he will not travel with the team to Houston and will continue to rehab. 

The Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reiterated:

RHP Alex Cobb, still recovering from the June 15 line drive that struck his head, will continue light workouts this week.

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UPDATE: Thursday, June 20, at 2:39 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

Alex Cobb Tweeted an encouraging update on his progress:

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UPDATE: Monday, June 17, at 9:14 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Alex Cobb will not travel with the team on their upcoming road trip and will continue to undergo more tests before he is cleared for action, according to Tampa Bay Times' Joe Smith.

The right-hander suffered what the team called a "mild concussion" and was treated for cauliflower ear, with fluid drained to alleviate pressure, but all other tests were normal, the Rays said. He was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list, but there's no timetable for his return. Reliever Josh Lueke was recalled from Triple-A Durham to take his roster spot, and the team will have to decide who will take Cobb's turn in the rotation, with righty Alex Colome the likely possibility.

Cobb, 25, won't travel with the Rays on their upcoming seven-game road trip and will have to pass a battery of concussion-related and conditioning tests before he's even cleared to throw. Manager Joe Maddon said pitching is secondary to the fact that it appears Cobb's going to be fine.

Cobb took to Twitter yesterday to thank Rays trainer Ron Porterfield:

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UPDATE: Sunday, June 16, at 3:05 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Alex Cobb has officially been placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list, per Bill Chastain of MLB.com.

The Rays Radio Twitter account also noted that Cobb has been released from the hospital and is on his way home.

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UPDATE: Sunday, June 16, at 12:25 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Alex Cobb has updated fans on his status, taking to his Twitter account to say that he's feeling better after yesterday's scary incident. Cobb says that he only woke up with a minor headache and took the time to thank those who came to his aid.

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UPDATE: Sunday, June 16, at 11:40 a.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Alex Cobb is scheduled to be released from the hospital today, according to the Tampa Bay Tribune's Roger Mooney.

Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Times' Joe Smith reports that the pitcher only has a mild concussion and says several players paid Cobb a visit last night. Smith also reported that the talented pitcher would be placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list. 

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According to CBS Sports' Eye on Baseball, the Rays have announced that Cobb suffered a concussion on the play:

MLB also took to Twitter to reiterate that Cobb avoided further complications from the injury:

A report from ESPN.com news services late Saturday stated that Cobb would remain in the hospital overnight after being diagnosed with the concussion. 

The scary moment unfolded in the fifth inning of Saturday's game, as Hosmer connected on a quick line drive that made direct contact with the right side of Cobb's head. The play immediately brought players and trainers from both teams onto the field to assist the injured pitcher. 

He remained conscious throughout the whole process of loading him onto the stretcher and transporting him to the hospital, MLB said:

As you can see from this MLB.com replay of the incident, Cobb had only a fraction of a second to respond. (Note: Replay has potentially upsetting images.)

Grantland writer Jonah Keri provided a stunning note on the speed of the pitch that made contact with Cobb's head:

Cobb has enjoyed a productive season thus far, posting a 6-2 record with an ERA of 3.01 in his 2013 campaign. He was called up to the majors in 2011 and has made 45 starts for the Rays franchise in his career.

Unfortunately for baseball fans, a similar play has already taken place this season, with Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ suffering a skull fracture from a line drive. That incident also occurred at Tropicana Field, as the Blue Jays played the Rays.

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