Rays right-hander Alex Cobb has made a smooth transition to the major league rotation since his early-May promotion, but his young career might have hit a minor snag on Saturday night.
After allowing five earned runs in 4 1/3 innings to a weak-hitting Oakland lineup, Cobb was taken to a local hospital after complaining of numbness in his throwing hand. Tests ruled out anything serious, but the 23-year-old is showing symptoms of “dead-arm” and was placed on the 15-day disabled list before Sunday’s series finale against the A’s.
The Rays are hopeful that he’ll regain his strength with a little under three weeks of rest. Cobb has registered a 3.42 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 37 strikeouts through his first 52 2/3 major league frames.
Tampa Bay recalled left-handed reliever Cesar Ramos to take Cobb’s spot on the 25-man roster.
Steven Matz underwent season-ending surgery on his left elbow today. The procedure was to reposition a compressed nerve in his elbow.
Matz, 26, has struggled over 13 starts, posting a 6.08 ERA with a 48/19 K/BB ratio in 66.2 innings. That line was, obviously, a function of the bum nerve in the bum elbow. Trouble aside, Matz is expected to be ready for Opening Day in 2018.
Back in April the Mariners designated outfielder Leonys Martin for assignment. He cleared waivers, accepted an assignment to Triple-A Tacoma and proceeded to hit .312/.352/.506 in 84 minor league games, leading to the Mariners calling him up on July 30.
In 19 games since then he’s hit a bit better than he did back in April, but not great: .230/.266/.426. So they just designated him for assignment again. The Rainers only have six more games this season, so he’s likely not going back there. Given that he’s arbitration eligible and the M’s are unlikely to tender him a contract, he’s likely to elect free agency once he clears waivers. Which he will, because he’s making nearly $5 million this year.
Odd year for Martin, who will likely be competing for a roster spot someplace next spring.