ST. PETERSBURG — Just when one member of the rotation comes off the disabled list, another goes on.
This time it is RHP Alex Cobb, who was placed on the 10-day DL retroactive to Sunday because of turf toe. Once again, the depth of the rotation will be tested.
"If we keep answering the test the right way, I think we'll be all right," said RHP Jake Odorizzi, who returns tonight after missing two starts because of a lower back strain. "I think we have guys who have shown they are more than capable of filling in for two starts at a time, three starts at a time, so I think we're comfortable with who we have in place of whoever is missing."
LHP Blake Snell, optioned to Triple-A Durham on Friday, was recalled and is set to start Thursday against Cleveland.
Cobb said he felt the injury, which is to his right big toe, during Saturday's start against the Brewers. He said the team "decided to be smart with it" and "knock it out."
"It's not a really big deal, a big concern," Cobb said.
Like Odorizzi, Cobb doesn't expect to miss more than two starts. He is eligible to return Aug. 16.
"You're talking about a guy who has probably fought his mechanics coming back more than anything," manager Kevin Cash said. "The last thing we want to do is let a lingering issue turn into something more. He's been on a really good run."
Snell had yet to report to Durham after being sent down Friday when he was summoned back to Tropicana Field to replace Cobb in the rotation.
Snell will be in his third stint with the Rays. When asked about being sent back and forth to Durham this season, Snell said, "I'm ready to pitch, so it's not really going to weigh on my mind."
When asked why Snell (0-6, 4.98) and not, say, top pitching prospect Brent Honeywell, Cash said, "The way I look at it is it's another opportunity for Blake to come in here and keep making progress and help us win games, so yes, he was to me the obvious choice."
RHP Matt Andriese (right hip stress reaction) threw well during his three-inning live batting practice session and expects to begin his minor-league rehab assignment Sunday with Class A Charlotte. That puts him on pace to return in late August if he needs only four starts. … CF Kevin Kiermaier (right hip fracture), scheduled to return Tuesday, will begin his running program Thursday. He won't be ready to return until the next homestand (Aug. 18-24) at the earliest.
. The Rays optioned RHP Ryne Stanek to Triple A after the game to make room for Odorizzi.
. The Rays have been shut out four times since the All-Star break. The Red Sox have thrown three.
. DH/1B Lucas Duda's streak of reaching base each game since joining the Rays ended at 10.