Alex Cobb strikes out 9 in rehab start for Rays, could return next week

Alex Cobb threw five innings in a rehab start Saturday for High-A Charlotte, and he could return to the Tampa Bay Rays' rotation next week.

Right-hander Alex Cobb has been on the disabled list since April 13.

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Alex Cobb threw five innings in a rehab start Saturday for High-A Charlotte, and he could return to the Tampa Bay Rays' rotation next week.

The right-hander, who was placed on the disabled list with a left oblique strain April 13, allowed no runs, three hits and struck out nine against the Clearwater Threshers, a Philadelphia Phillies affiliate, in the appearance at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida. He threw 64 pitches, 46 for strikes. He tossed an 11-pitch bullpen session afterward.

"I feel physically able to go out there and compete in a big-league game, for sure,” Cobb told the Charlotte Sun.

The Rays have yet to announce their starter for Thursday's game against the Oakland Athletics at Tropicana Field. That would seem like a convenient place to re-introduce Cobb into the order.

Cobb is 1-1 with a 1.89 ERA in three starts this season. He hasn't pitched in the majors since a seven-inning outing in a victory over the Cincinnati Reds on April 12.

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