Alex Cobb leaves start with forearm tightness

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Rays right-hander Alex Cobb exited today’s start after just three innings because of forearm tightness.

For now the team says it was merely a precaution, but of course we’ve heard that plenty this spring with injuries that proved to be more serious.

Cobb is being counted on to take over the top spot in Tampa Bay’s rotation and start 30-plus games for the first time after posting sub-3.00 ERAs in each of the past two seasons. Overall he has a 3.21 ERA in 499 innings through age 26.