Apr 6, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb (53) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Texas Rangers against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Cobb returns to the Tampa Bay Rays' rotation to face Sonny Gray

Tampa Bay Rays’ starter, Alex Cobb will make his return to the rotation tonight to face Sonny Gray of the Oakland Athletics. Cobb was placed on the 15-day-DL after being diagnosed with a left oblique strain. Given the Rays’ struggles thus far, the return of Cobb will certainly be a welcome one.

Cobb told MLB.com his expectations for his first start back from his DL stint,

“I’m gonna try to go nine and win, with however many pitches I have,” Cobb said.

“Pitch-count-wise, I don’t know. I think a lot of that will have to do with the type of game that’s going on — if it’s a struggle or if it’s more of a smooth-type game. I would say somewhere in the 90s would be reasonable.”

In 143 innings last season, Cobb was sublime. He had a 11-3 record and an astounding 2.73 ERA. Prior to his injury, Cobb had been a rare bright spark for the Rays. In his three starts, he collated a 1.89 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP.

The Rays currently sit bottom of the American League East, with a 18-9 record, six games behind the Toronto Blue Jays who lead the way thus far.

They will hope Cobb can lead the way for a Rays resurgence.

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