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Rays expected to activate Alex Cobb on Thursday

May 19, 2014, 5:12 PM EDT

Alex Cobb,Jim Hickey AP

Out since mid-April with a strained oblique muscle, Rays right-hander Alex Cobb is scheduled to come off the disabled list Thursday to start against the A’s.

Cobb was off to a very strong start before the injury and tossed five shutout innings in a minor-league rehab start Saturday at Single-A, striking out nine batters and throwing 46 of 64 pitches for strikes.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Cobb threw a bullpen session this afternoon that was the final touch to convincing the Rays he’s ready to return. Dating back to last season the 25-year-old is 12-4 with a 2.66 ERA in 25 starts.

  1. raysfan1 - May 19, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Good–welcome back!

  2. deman951 - May 19, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Hello Cobb/goodbye Cesar Ramos! Back to the middle relief role where you belong.

  3. indaburg - May 19, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Oh dear god, thank you, thank you, thank you.

    • stex52 - May 20, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      Now if Archer can just get through five innings in under 100 pitches, things should really look up.

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