According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays announced that right-hander Alex Cobb underwent successful Tommy John surgery on his right elbow today.
The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews. Cobb was initially diagnosed with forearm tendinitis in March, but he suffered a full tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow while rehabbing the injury. He was given a platelet-rich plasma injection in hopes of avoiding surgery, but his season is now officially over and he’ll likely be out of the mix until late in the 2016 season.
Drew Smyly was diagnosed with a torn labrum in his left shoulder earlier this week and could also need season-ending surgery, so these losses are going to be very tough for the Rays to overcome. Matt Moore is nearing a minor league rehab assignment as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery, but command is often the last thing to return and he averaged 4.3 BB/9 in the majors prior to the procedure.
In March, Major League Baseball agreed to pay minor league players $400 per week while the sport is shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. That provision is set to expire at the end of May. As Craig noted earlier, the Athletics will not be paying their minor leaguers starting on June 1.
Several teams are doing the right thing, continuing to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week through at least the end of June. Per The Athletic’s Levi Weaver and James Fegan, the Rangers and White Sox will each tack on another month of pay. The Athletic’s Dennis Lin reported earlier that the Padres will pay their players through the end of August. Craig also cited a Baseball America report from this morning, which mentioned that the Marlins will also pay their players through the end of August.
Frankly, if the Marlins can find a way to continue paying their minor league players, then every team should be able to do the same. The Marlins are widely believed to be the least profitable among the 30 major league clubs. Here’s hoping the rest of the league follows the Rangers’, White Sox’s, Padres’, and Marlins’ lead as opposed to the Athletics’.