Alex Cobb confirmed to have elbow ligament tear

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times shares the rough news

Rays RHP Alex Cobb’s season is very much in jeopardy.

The Tampa Bay Times has learned and confirmed that a new more detailed MRI revealed a partial tear in his elbow ligament. After a program of rest and treatment Cobb will try to pitch with the injury, and if that doesn’t work he faces Tommy John surgery and could miss not only the rest of this season but most and possibly all of 2016.

Cobb was placed on the disabled list before Opening Day with discomfort in his right forearm. Tests done in late March and early April ruled found no sort of structural damage, but something has obviously changed.

It’s an awful situation for the Rays, who are off to a surprising 14-12 start this season. Cobb, 27, boasts a 2.82 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 8.2 K/9 over his last 309 2/3 innings.