The Tampa Bay Rays received some discouraging news on their rehabbing ace Alex Cobb, who’s been dealing with forearm tendinitis since spring training and has yet to throw a regular season pitch for the Rays in 2015. Cobb suffered what his manager Kevin Cash described as “a little bit of a setback” and will subsequently be shut down from baseball activities.

Cobb was scheduled to begin throwing on flat ground to incorporate some of his breaking pitches as the next step in his rehab, but that is all on hold for the foreseeable future. The Rays are taking a “wait and see” approach with their star right-hander, but the results of his MRI were not particularly promising.

This latest development has generated concern that Cobb’s season might be in jeopardy. Ligament tears in pitcher’s arms are often a tip-off for inevitable surgery, especially the infamous Tommy John procedure, which would keep Cobb sidelined for 12-15 months if they decide to go that route. Kevin Cash said of Cobb, “We’ll have more probably in the next two or three days. He just didn’t feel as good as he was hoping. Anytime you’re dealing with a pitcher’s arm it’s obviously concerning.”

Under Cash’s leadership, the Rays have gotten off to a strong start despite a profusion of injuries. Cobb’s return has been much-anticipated, but it appears that it will be a while longer before we see the 27-year-old back on the mound. Tampa Bay must continue to rely on it’s wealth of starting pitching to compensate for his absence.

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