Alex Cobb shut down after setback with forearm injury

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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.