Alex Cobb Leaves On Stretcher After Line Drive To Head
A line drive off the bat of Eric Hosmer struck Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb on the right side of his head Saturday night, sending him to the hospital after trainers from both the Rays and the Kansas City Royals rushed to attend the downed pitcher. He was held overnight for observation with what was described as a “mild” concussion.
Cobb had been leading the Rays in several pitching categories by the time he took the mound against the Royals on Saturday. Through his first 12 starts, he boasted a 6-2 record, a 2.95 ERA, and 73 strikeouts in 79.1 innings. Along with Matt Moore, Cobb had been anchoring the Rays’ rotation after the loss of James Shields in the offseason and the triceps injury that has sidelined David Price.
Early indications at the Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg have been positive. Teammates Price and Jeremy Hellickson have tweeted good news after visiting him in the hospital, saying that Cobb had been laughing and joking, and that he was “acting normal.”
Cobber is way more tough than me!! Laughing at jokes and the name they gave him!! Please keep him and his family in your prayers
— David Price (@DAVIDprice14) June 15, 2013
This is something of a relief. Cobb fell to the ground after the liner from Hosmer’s bat – clocked at 102.4 miles per hour – struck his head with a crack that could be heard in the press box. The impact knocked his cap off, and the ball bounced back to catcher Jose Lobaton in time for him to throw Hosmer out at first base.
The incident is a low point in a tough week for the Rays pitcher. On Monday, Cobb had one of his worst starts of the year, giving up six runs in four innings as the Rays dropped a 14-inning marathon to the division-leading Boston Red Sox. After that game, he left the team having been notified that his grandmother had passed away.
Though seemingly fine, it is unlikely that Cobb will take his next turn in the Rays’ rotation, opening the door to perhaps a third callup for Jake Odorizzi.