Rays Place Alex Cobb on 15-day DL | The Process Report

Rays Place Alex Cobb on 15-day DL

For the third time in as many seasons Rays’ pitcher Alex Cobb finds himself on the disabled list. Luckily for all parties involved none of the ailments have included his right arm. Cobb’s latest injury – an oblique – comes on the heels of 15 1/3 scoreless innings streak over his last two-plus starts. Left-handed reliever Jeff Beliveau will take his roster spot.

With Jeremy Hellickson targeting a June 1 return, Matt Moore out indefinitely, and Cobb unavailable for a minimum of two weeks, Tampa Bay’s starting pitching depth is being tested early. As it stands, all three pitchers – Jake Odorizzi, Cesar Ramos, and Erik Bedard – that competeted for Hellickson’s vacant spot this spring are likely to take turns the next time through the rotation, if not for the duration of one of the injured pitcher’s DL stints.

Beyond that, the Rays have prospects Enny Romero and Nate Karns in Triple-A as well as Alex Colome serving suspension. Colome is due back in May but would need to build arm strenghth and endurance before factoring in plans. There are other names like Mike Montgomery, Matt Andriese and Merrill Kelly, however, even with the all the movement above them, they still rank lower on the depth chart. Should the Rays suffer another injury in the rotation or one of the replacements prove ineffective, it is believed by some in and around the industry that Karns would get the call.

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