TORONTO - RHP Alex Cobb said he will make his first minor league rehab start Tuesday in Port Charlotte for the Class A Charlotte Stone Crabs. Cobb threw 59 pitches Thursday during a four-inning simulated game at the Rays spring training complex in Port Charlotte. "It went well," Cobb said. "It was nice to get out there and see competition again." Cobb had fielders behind him and runners were placed in scoring position so he could pitch out of jams. Some batters bunted to give Cobb the opportunity to field his position.
"It made me focus," Cobb said. "And the thing that I was happy about was I was able to focus in and make some adjustments." Cobb said he will throw a bullpen Saturday. If all goes well there, he will begin his minor league rehab assignment with four innings or 60 pitches Tuesday. If that goes well, Cobb said he is scheduled to throw five innings/75 pitches July 28 for the Stone Crabs in Tampa against the Tampa Yankees. Cobb, 6-2 with a 3.01 ERA, suffered the concussion June 15 when he was struck on the right side of his head by a line drive from Kansas City's Eric Hosmer. He also developed vertigo.