Rays right-hander Alex Cobb has been sidelined since the middle of March due to forearm tendinitis and it doesn’t sound like he’ll be back in the near future.
According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Rays manager Kevin Cash said today that Cobb has been shut down from throwing after suffering what he described as “a little bit of a setback.” He advanced to bullpen sessions toward the end of last month, but Cash said that “he didn’t feel as good as he’d hoped.” The Rays have already sent him to the team doctor, but they’ll see how he feels after a couple of days of rest before deciding on the next step.
Cobb, 27, quietly posted a 2.82 ERA with 8.2 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 over 49 starts from 2013-2014. Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi are off to nice starts and Drew Smyly recently returned from the DL, but he’s greatly missed in Tampa Bay’s rotation.
ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.
After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.
As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.
The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.
Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.
Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.