UPDATE: May 8, 2015 6:00 pm PT
Cobb to have Tommy John #rays
— Bill Chastain (@wwchastain) May 8, 2015
Cobb said that while initial reports were that he had a partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament, his UCL is actually completely torn and he has elected to have the procedure effectively ending a season that he never began.
Cobb began the season on the disabled list with forearm tendinitis. The Rays rotation will consist of Drew Smyly, Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi, Alex Colome and Nate Karns.
Original Text: May 5, 2015 6:30 pm PT
Tampa Bay Rays starter Alex Cobb has had a major setback in his rehabilitation process from forearm tendinitis.
MLB.com has confirmed that Cobb has a partially torn ligament in his elbow. Unfortunately, most of us understand what that could indicate.
While the club has not yet acknowledged the injury according to MLB.com’s Bill Chastain, but the Rays’ president of baseball operations Matt Silverman did confirm that Cobb has had a setback.
Cobb had been throwing off the mound since late April but was unable to “throw from flat ground” on Sunday as he was expected to do. This development is what led to further medical inquiry into his tendinitis.
He’s been to seen the team orthopedists and both Cobb and the team are supposedly still waiting for the results before deciding how to proceed. Silverman did admit that Cobb would likely be seeing Dr. James Andrews.
Once again, if you follow baseball fairly regularly these days, we probably know why. Andrews is a renowned specialist in Tommy John surgery.
So, it appears the team may know a little more than they are letting on if Cobb may see Andrews and MLB.com could confirm a partial tear.
Cobb was one of four of the Rays top starters to begin the season on the disabled list. Drew Smyly was suffering from shoulder tendinitis, Alex Colome had pneumonia and both are now back in the rotation.
Matt Moore is getting close to the end of his recovery from having Tommy John surgery last year. He is expected to return to the Rays sometime in June. Silverman said that Moore will likely return to the team before Cobb will be ready to return to the team.
Again, not a very promising sign for Alex Cobb. Still, although thus far it doesn’t seem to be working out well for Masahiro Tanaka and the New York Yankees, there is always the option of rest and rehab for Cobb depending upon how bad the tear really is.
Until then they receive more results and likely second and possibly third opinions the Rays are just going to wait and have Cobb rest.
“We’re still in wait-and-see mode,” Silverman said. “And expect to have an update the next couple of days when we get back to St. Petersburg.