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Alex Cobb: “Pitching isn’t as taxing on my head as I thought it would be”

Jul 9, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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Rays right-hander Alex Cobb took another step in his recovery from a June 15 concussion yesterday when he threw a 47-pitch bullpen session, nearly doubling the workload from his first throwing session last week.

However, a month after being hit in the head by a line drive there’s still no timetable for his return from the disabled list and Cobb indicated that he continues to experience some post-concussion symptoms despite feeling significantly better overall, telling Bill Chastain of MLB.com:

The way I feel off the field versus the last time I threw a bullpen is 10 times better. There isn’t a huge difference on the mound. I felt good enough last time, even when I didn’t feel great off the field. That’s a good sign. Pitching isn’t as taxing on my head as I thought it would be.

I think most of the symptoms are gone. I still experience a little vertigo randomly, but you can’t even compare how much better I am from where I was. I’m extremely anxious to get out there and face hitters. There is no concern in my mind right now that I’ll be worried. I would like to get out there as soon as possible.

Cobb has talked about returning next month, but his “I still experience a little vertigo randomly” quote makes mapping anything out sort of moot for now.

  1. specialkindofstupid - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Glad he’s making progress. Hope he and the team continues to take it easy, though.

    • hittfamily - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      He might take it easy. His team won’t. 3 more against the Twins, then 3 against the Astros. 16 games over .500 at the all star break looks pretty doable.

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