BOSTON - RHP Alex Cobb is on the seven-day concussion disabled list, but his recovery could be lengthy. Cobb is going to miss more than a week after suffering a mild concussion Saturday night when struck above his right ear by a line drive off the bat of Royals 1B Eric Hosmer. Cobb has to pass a concussion test before he can resume throwing. Rays manager Joe Maddon, who spoke to Cobb on Monday, indicated Cobb isn't close to that stage of his comeback. "He's feeling better," Maddon said. "Obviously not tremendously better, but a little bit better."
Maddon didn't want to put a timetable on Cobb's return, but he doesn't expect him back anytime soon. "It's getting better, but it's going to be a long process," Maddon said. Former Rays C Robinson Chirinos missed the 2012 season after being struck in his facemask by a foul tip during spring training. Asked if Cobb could miss the remainder of this season, Maddon couldn't answer either way. "It's one of those things that's just going to take some time," Maddon said. "My advice to him is to not rush anything, just permit your body to tell you when you're ready to do the next thing. "I think he's pretty much accepted that thought, because this guy's the kind of a guy who really battles through every little moment. "He's going to want to be back. If it was a sprained ankle, he understands that he could fight through something like that. This type of an injury is much more difficult, so at least he understands, which is important." Young arms Cobb's injury, coupled with LHP David Price's stay on the disabled list for a strained left triceps, has turned the Rays rotation into a young group. The Rays started a pair of rookies in Tuesday's doubleheader - RHPs Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi - and will start another rookie in RHP Alex Colome on Saturday against the Yankees in New York. With Archer slated to start Sunday, the Rays will have a rookie start four of the seven games on this trip. "It's going to be interesting," Maddon said. "Two difficult venues against very good offenses, although I know the Yankees struggled a little bit, I don't trust them in Yankee Stadium. "If you look at it on the surface, I think it's totally stacked against us, but maybe after seven days it might work in our favor. We'll see. They're young, and they're definitely ready to go. They're healthy and they've got really good stuff. So, at the end of the seven days we'll take a look back and see how it all worked out. ...I think it's kind of exciting, actually. That's a glimpse into our future a bit, too." Longo back at 3B After spending the previous four games as the designated hitter because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot, Evan Longoria returned to third base Tuesday for both ends of the day/night doubleheader. Longoria will need to monitor the injury daily, but he expects to play third base on a daily basis. "I feel better," he said Tuesday before Game 1. "I guess I'll just have to see how it reacts." Maddon will talk daily with Longoria and head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield. "If we take care of this now, it should not be a problem down the road," Maddon said. Noteworthy Price threw a bullpen session Tuesday. His minor-league rehab schedule is expected to be announced today. . 1B James Loney's average dipped under .300 to .297 after he went 0-for-3 in the first game. . LF Matt Joyce extended his hitting streak to nine games. He is batting .371 with three doubles, four homers, five RBIs and six runs during the streak. It is the second-longest hitting streak of his career, behind a 12-game streak last season. . DH Luke Scott extended his hit streak to five games with an RBI double in the first game. . CF Desmond Jennings returned to the leadoff spot in Game 2 and singled in his first at-bat.