Rays' Cobb leaves rehab start after two pitches due to blister
Update 7:40 p.m. Rays righthander Alex Cobb said the blister first popped up a few days ago during his bullpen session, but they thought he could get through tonight's start and then let it heal before his next outing.
But after the blister became more tender warming up in the pen tonight, it defintely crossed his mind he wouldn't pitch at all. He tried working on it in the dugout during the national anthem, but after two pitches, he summoned help from the dugout, believing he was making the smart decision to shut it down and not let it get worse.
"It's definitely frustrating," Cobb said. "How close we're coming back and then to have this kind of take a little bump in the road. Hopefully it won't be too big of a setback."
Cobb thinks it'll be "minor," that he's had blisters before and they've typically healed in a couple days, so he's hoping he can make his next start this weekend or early next week and not be too far off his schedule of an early August return.
Developing: Rays righthander Alex Cobb left his rehab start with Class-A Charlotte Tuesday night after just two pitches due to a blister on his right index finger.
The team said Cobb was removed as a precaution and the blister didn't even open up.
Cobb, pitching in his first game since getting hit in the head with a line drive June 15, was visited briefly by a trainer on the mound and then left for the dugout before heading to the clubhouse.
It's still a disappointing setback for Cobb, who was hoping to make an early August return to the rotation. Cobb, who suffered a mild concussion after an Eric Hosmer liner struck him at the Trop in mid-June, was scheduled to throw four innings tonight and then make another start Saturday for Class-A Charlotte in Tampa.