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Alex Cobb confirmed to have elbow ligament tear

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times shares the rough news

Rays RHP Alex Cobb’s season is very much in jeopardy.

The Tampa Bay Times has learned and confirmed that a new more detailed MRI revealed a partial tear in his elbow ligament. After a program of rest and treatment Cobb will try to pitch with the injury, and if that doesn’t work he faces Tommy John surgery and could miss not only the rest of this season but most and possibly all of 2016.

Cobb was placed on the disabled list before Opening Day with discomfort in his right forearm. Tests done in late March and early April ruled found no sort of structural damage, but something has obviously changed.

It’s an awful situation for the Rays, who are off to a surprising 14-12 start this season. Cobb, 27, boasts a 2.82 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 8.2 K/9 over his last 309 2/3 innings.

Tyler Lyons gets the next shot at replacing Adam Wainwright in Cardinals’ starting rotation

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With staff ace Adam Wainwright ruled out for the remainder of the 2015 season following surgery for a ruptured left Achilles tendon, 24-year-old left-hander Tim Cooney was called on to make his major league debut last Thursday against the Phillies. It did not go well — Cooney allowed three earned runs on seven hits in just 2 1/3 innings — so the Cardinals will try something different on the next turn through …

Lyons has served as a spot starter and long reliever for the Cardinals at various points over the last two seasons. He owns an ugly 4.62 ERA in 89 2/3 career major league innings, but his 1.216 career WHIP and 7.9 career K/9 aren’t too bad-looking. If the 27-year-old pitches well Tuesday against the Cubs, he could stick around for a bit. But injured prospect Marco Gonzales (pectoral) figures to take over by the end of May.

St. Louis entered play Sunday with the lowest combined ERA (2.28) in the majors along with MLB’s best record (17-6). The Cards are trying to complete a three-game sweep of the Pirates on Sunday afternoon.

White Sox sign Tyler Colvin to minor league deal

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According to Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com, the White Sox have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with outfielder Tyler Colvin. He’ll report to the club’s Triple-A team in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Colvin opted out of his minor league deal with the Marlins at the end of spring training after failing to make the Opening Day roster and spent a month looking for a new gig. The 29-year-old posted 20 home runs and an .816 OPS in 2010 for the Cubs and 18 homers with an .858 OPS in 2012 with the Rockies, but he’s had some terrible seasons surrounding those.

Video: Trevor Plouffe slugs first career grand slam

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Watch as the Twins tally four runs on this one swing Sunday by Trevor Plouffe …

That was the first career grand slam for Plouffe. The 28-year-old third baseman also went deep in Saturday’s 5-3 win over the visiting White Sox and now has five total home runs on the young season.

Cubs claim Anthony Varvaro off waivers from Red Sox

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MLB.com beat reporter Carrie Muskat has the news …

Varvaro was designated for assignment by Boston on April 29 after struggling badly in three straight relief appearances. He was very good in 2014 with the Braves, posting a 2.63 ERA, 1.079 WHIP, and 50/13 K/BB ratio across 54 2/3 innings. The 30-year-old right-hander could be a nice waiver-wire grab for the Cubs.