Rays Alex Cobb "very happy" after throwing to hitters for 1st time
Rays RHP Alex Cobb was "very happy" with how his arm felt and his first session of facing live hitters since May 2015 Tommy John surgery went.
After a 35-pitch bullpen session from the Trop mound, Cobb threw seven pitches to Tim Beckham and eight to Brandon Guyer - all fastballs - without giving up a hit.
"I'm very happy with how my arm felt,'' Cobb said. "I'll be interested to see what the velocity was but I'm absolutely excited about the command of my fastball today, and my curveball and off-speed (pitches) before live hitters got in there.''
Cobb will throw two or three more batting practice sessions, with an increased workload, on a five-day schedule and then advance to a rehab start program, with the goal of returning to the Rays rotation by late July or early August.
One key factor is building up endurance, as he was admittedly fatigued by Saturday's session, which he threw, by the way, in full uniform.
"You can run all you want, you can lift as many weights as you want but you can't get that endurance built up until you start pitching,'' Cobb said.
"Definitely got tired. That's why we do 'em. That's why it takes so long. That's why I probably won't be pitching for a while still, because I still have to build up endurance, but I'm very happy with how my body felt overall compared to times in the past when I've been building up.''