ST. PETERSBURG - RHP Alex Cobb said he feels ready to return to the Rays' starting rotation, possibly soon after his third minor-league rehab start with the Class A Stone Crabs on Thursday in Fort Myers. On Saturday, Cobb (concussion/blister) threw 56 pitches in four innings for Charlotte, the most he's thrown since taking a line drive to the head on June 15. "Beginning with this last outing, I felt really odd out there. Just from not being in a game for so long, it does take a little of an adjustment," he said. "But later on, toward the third and fourth innings, I started to feel a lot more comfortable and making adjustments a lot easier. "I can only imagine that with the next game coming up, it will even get better. In my opinion, I think I'll be ready."
During his first minor-league rehab start on July 23, Cobb stopped after two pitches because of a blister on his right index finger, which delayed his comeback by nearly two weeks. "I had a ground ball come up the middle (Saturday) and no hesitance toward that," Cobb said. "The vertigo was nonexistent all night. The only thing I was concerned about was a headache maybe during the game with the heat and that didn't play at all either." Moore throws, will travel with team All-Star LHP Matt Moore, on the 15-day disabled list with a sore elbow, had a light throwing session before Sunday's game. "I went out and just threw 60 feet, just real light, conservative tosses and it went well," Moore said. "I threw probably 20 to 25 throws. I did 20 sock throws before I went out there, which is even less stress. Right now, we're trying to keep my arm moving and see where I was at with 60 feet." Moore said he will extend his throwing program to 75 feet today and will travel with the team during its five-game interleague road trip to Arizona and Los Angeles. "I think that's why they made the decision to bring me on the road, so when I am ready to get off the bump, we'll have a catcher and the proper set of eyes on me so that we can really determine what the next step is," Moore said. Jennings' status remains uncertain CF Desmond Jennings did not play Sunday because of a sprained left middle finger he sustained while sliding into second base during Saturday's win. Sam Fuld replaced Jennings in center field and 2B Ben Zobrist moved to the leadoff spot. Jennings, who had started 102 of 110 games this season and entered Sunday's game tied for sixth in the AL with 69 runs scored, said an X-ray showed no broken bones, but said the finger was sore. "I didn't see (the video), so I don't know if I jammed it into his foot or the bag," said Jennings, who was wearing a splint on his injured finger prior to Sunday's game. Jennings doesn't think the injury will require a trip to the DL. Rays manager Joe Maddon said the team will further examine the injured finger today.