Alex Cobb is not the most talented pitcher on the Rays. Heck, he might not even be among the top ten most talented pitchers in the organization. But you can make a strong case that he is their best pitcher. That’s why this report is so devastating.
Cobb may not pitch again this season.
When Cobb was hit in the head with a line drive earlier this week, he suffered just a mild concussion, and may have avoided a more serious concussion because the blow was cushioned by his ear. However, according to Marc Topkin, Cobb also suffered “ear issues.”
When asked about Cobb’s condition, Joe Maddon said Cobb is “getting better,” but that he thinks “it’s going to be a long process.”
And when asked if Cobb would pitch again this season, Maddon was not very optimistic…
Asked if Cobb would return this season, Maddon said, “I don’t know that. I don’t want to say one way or the other. We haven’t even discussed that. I think it’s important that he just gets to the next day and see how he feels and just stay together with the medical people. I would never create conjecture on that one way or the other. I really don’t know.”
What is really scary about this is that the Rays are typically overly optimistic when they talk about injuries. And there is nothing optimistic about what Maddon said.