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Rays place Alex Cobb on disabled list with hand discomfort

Aug 7, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

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Rays right-hander Alex Cobb has made a smooth transition to the major league rotation since his early-May promotion, but his young career might have hit a minor snag on Saturday night.

After allowing five earned runs in 4 1/3 innings to a weak-hitting Oakland lineup, Cobb was taken to a local hospital after complaining of numbness in his throwing hand. Tests ruled out anything serious, but the 23-year-old is showing symptoms of “dead-arm” and was placed on the 15-day disabled list before Sunday’s series finale against the A’s.

The Rays are hopeful that he’ll regain his strength with a little under three weeks of rest. Cobb has registered a 3.42 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 37 strikeouts through his first 52 2/3 major league frames.

Tampa Bay recalled left-handed reliever Cesar Ramos to take Cobb’s spot on the 25-man roster.

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