Alex Cobb to undergo season-ending surgery on rib cage

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Rays right-hander Alex Cobb was sent to the hospital after his most recent outing due to an odd numbness in his throwing hand.

Doctors found nothing wrong initially, but further tests this week revealed “blockage” near the first rib on the right side of his body.

According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Cobb will have it all fixed through a season-ending surgical procedure Friday at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

Cobb, 23, posted a 3.42 ERA and 37/21 K/BB ratio over his first 52 2/3 major league innings this season. He had a 1.87 ERA and a 70/16 K/BB ratio in 67 1/3 frames at Triple-A Durham before his promotion.

The Rays are fully expecting Cobb to be ready for the start of spring training next February.

Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby title

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The Marlins announced on Sunday that outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby title when the city of Miami host’s the All-Star Game festivities next month.

Stanton, 27, defeated Todd Frazier in the finals of last year’s Home Run Derby at Petco Park, hitting 20 home runs to Frazier’s 13. Stanton hit a total of 61 home runs in the Derby. This will be the third Home Run Derby in which Stanton has participated.

Stanton also went 1-for-3 with a solo home run to help the Marlins defeat the Cubs 4-2 on Sunday. He’s now batting .274/.357/.551 with 20 home runs and 49 RBI in 311 plate appearances.

Aaron Hicks to go on the disabled list with an oblique injury

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Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks left Sunday’s game against the Rangers after four innings due to soreness in his right oblique. After the game, Hicks said he expects to go on the 10-day disabled list and miss the next three to four weeks, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports.

Hicks was 1-for-2 with a single before departing on Sunday. He entered the game batting .288/.397/.515 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 198 plate appearances. It is by far the best season of his career.

Jacoby Ellsbury is on his way back from a concussion, so the Yankees will only have to bridge the gap in center field for a week or two. Mason Williams could draw some starts in center field in the meantime.