Alex Cobb did not pitch in 2015, as he went on the disabled list with forearm tendinitis in April and underwent Tommy John surgery in May. He will not be ready for opening day but could be back in the Rays' rotation as soon as a month into the season. Prior to his surgery, Cobb seemed to be on his way to being a perennial top 30 starter, but in returning from surgery, he comes with considerable risk. Look to draft Cobb in the later rounds in standard mixed leagues.
Cobb agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with the Rays on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Cobb attempted to pitch through a partial UCL tear in his pitching elbow last season before ultimately opting to undergo Tommy John surgery in May. He'll likely miss a large portion of the first half of the season in order to continue rehabbing his elbow before returning to the mound.
Rays pitcher Alex Cobb (elbow) threw a baseball Saturday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in May, Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune reports. Cobb should gradually increase his throwing activities throughout the offseason, but he's still unlikely to open the 2016 season as a member of the Rays' rotation. If he endures no setbacks in his recovery over the next several months, it's possible Cobb could return to the majors at some point before midseason.
Rays manager Kevin Cash has declared the Tommy John surgery undergone by top pitcher Alex Cobb a success, per the Tampa Tribune. "Now the rehab process starts," Cash said. Cobb has lost the entire 2015 season.
The Rays have transferred pitcher Alex Cobb (Tommy John surgery) to the 60-day disabled list and placed pitcher Drew Smyly (left shoulder soreness) on 15-day DL retroactive to May 6, the team has announced. Pitcher Matt Andriese has been recalled from Triple-A and will start Saturday for Jake Odorizzi, who'll sit with flu-like symptoms. The Rays have also promoted from Triple-A Andrew Bellatti and optioned infielder Jake Elmore.
Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb told reporters Friday he will have season-ending Tommy John surgery. Cobb did not make one start for Tampa Bay in 2015 and had been on the disabled list all season. The right-hander was hoping to pitch through a partially torn ligament in his right elbow. However, he found out it was actually a full tear in his UCL, which made the decision to have surgery easier. Pitchers usually need 12-18 months of recovery time after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Cobb is undergoing the surgery Thursday and is targeting a Sept. 2016 return. "I've never seen Alex back down from a challenge. Hopefully he's back next year pitching for us in October," Rays general manager Matt Silverman said. The 27-year-old Cobb is 35-23 with a 3.21 ERA in 81 starts in four seasons for the Rays.