Tampa Bay has lost six games in a row, but there is some very good news for the Rays: Alex Cobb, who’s been out since being hit on the head by a line drive on June 15, is scheduled to come off the disabled list and start tomorrow night against the Mariners.
Rays manager Joe Maddon told Sam Strong of MLB.com that Cobb will likely be limited to around 90 pitches after his recovery was delayed by a blister on his right index finger.
Cobb made a total of three rehab starts in the minors, the last of which involved allowing three runs in 4.1 innings against high Single-A hitters. Before the head injury he had a 3.01 ERA and 76/23 K/BB ratio in 84 innings for the Rays, emerging as one of the league’s best young pitchers.
Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.
Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.
Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.