UPDATE: Alex Cobb exits after taking a line drive to his head


In the top of the fifth inning in this afternoon’s game against the Royals, Rays starter Alex Cobb took a line drive to the head off the bat of Eric Hosmer. It was a scary moment, summed up by Jeff Passan:

In what became secondary to the injury, catcher Jose Lobaton was able to corral the ball and throw to first for the out. Alex Torres relieved Cobb after he was taken off on a stretcher.

We’ll know more about the severity of the injury later. For now, just hope for the best for the 25-year-old.

UPDATE (7:40 PM) — Cobb is okay. Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times talked to manager Joe Maddon and injured starter David Price.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.