Rays place Alex Cobb on disabled list with hand discomfort

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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 Souza diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle

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Steven Souza looked like he sustained a major shoulder injury after diving for a ball and missing on Wednesday night. Turns out, though, that it is not nearly as bad as it could’ve been: he has a strained pectoral muscle. That’ll only keep him out “a couple of weeks” according to Dbacks manager Torey Lovullo.

Good news for Souza and the Diamondbacks, who are counting on their new right fielder’s power to help offset the loss of J.D. Martinez, who helped the Dbacks to the playoffs with his second half home run outburst. He hit 30 with Tampa Bay last year and would seem poised to at least match that given Chase Field’s more hitter-friendly reputation.

Until Souza returns Jarrod Dyson and Yasmany Tomas will likely cover right field.