Rotation shuffle: Cobb to face Yankees Sunday, Odorizzi vs. Marlins Monday
The hinted change in the Rays rotation became official Wednesday, with a decision to move RHP Alex Cobb up to face the Yankees on Sunday and bump rookie RHP Jake Odorizzi back a day to face the Marlins on Monday.
The change was possible because the Rays are off Thursday, meaning Cobb will pitch on regular rest on Sunday. And manager Joe Maddon acknowledged that he pulled Cobb when he did Tuesday, after 107 pitches, with the idea that he would be brought back to start Sunday.
"Just based on experience,'' Maddon said. "Cobb has been pitching really well, and Jake is new. Why not give Cobber the tougher assignment pretty much. I don't want to say anything bad about Miami, but in general terms, division rivalry, Cobber's had more experience, the Yankees are on a pretty good roll, let's throw him there. ...
"It's not a slight to anybody. It's just probably the right thing to do, I think anybody would given the same set of choices or circumstances.''
Odorizzi, filling in for injured David Price, made his debut for the Rays here on Monday, struggling early but settling in to work five innings.