Rays starter Alex Cobb is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a severely-strained left oblique.
The right-hander threw what Rays manager Joe Maddon described as an “electric” bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon and told reporters after the workout that he expects to be back in Tampa Bay’s rotation before the end of May. The initial recovery timetable had him in rehab mode until mid June.
Cobb registered a 1.89 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 19 innings before landing on the disabled list April 13.
The 26-year-old shut out the Reds for seven frames in his final start before the oblique strain diagnosis.