Rays ace Alex Cobb to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery

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Earlier this week there was some talk of Alex Cobb trying the rest-and-rehab route after an MRI exam showed a torn elbow ligament, but the Rays announced that the 27-year-old right-hander has decided to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Cobb has been on the disabled list all season after experiencing forearm discomfort during spring training, but initial tests by the Rays were said to show no structural damage. Now he’s unlikely to be a factor in Tampa Bay again until at least the second half of next season.

It’s a huge loss for the Rays, as Cobb posted a sub-3.00 ERA in each of the past two seasons and has a 3.21 ERA in 499 career innings. Chris Archer, Drew Smyly, and Jake Odorizzi are still around to headline the Rays’ talented young rotation and they’re hoping to get All-Star left-hander Matt Moore back from his own Tommy John surgery soon.