Let’s start with the bad news first. Alex Cobb has has been placed on the 15-day DL with a dead arm. Southpaw reliever Cesar Ramos has been called back up from Triple-A Durham to fill in. Cobb said he had some pain and numbing in his fingers, but luckily it wasn’t anything serious like blood clots. He said that his arm actually started bothering him on July 30th. Joe Maddon expects to see Cobb pitch again in 2011, but it still is a very disappointing and frustrating setback for a surging young pitcher. Hopefully it’s not anything long-term, because that could seriously hurt the Rays future. For example, Jeff Niemann’s mid-season injury last year put a major dent in the Rays rotation. Probably it won’t be anything that bad, but only time will tell.
Now for the good news. John Jaso’s oblique stain has healed and he is almost ready to rejoin the Rays. He played 5 innings as the catcher in his rehab start in Durham last night, and went 2-3 with two RBI’s. Always good to have Jaso with the team. As much as I like to see Chirinos get a lot of big-league playing time, I’m glad to see Jaso healthy and back in action. He won’t rejoin the Rays for a while, as he will be spending at least two weeks in Durham recovering.