Tampa Bay Rays Alex Cobb Could Face Tommy John Surgery
UNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have stopped right-hander Alex Cobb's rehabilitation program amid a Tampa Bay Times report that he has a partial tear of a ligament in his throwing elbow.
The Times says Cobb will try to pitch through it after receiving platelet-rich plasma therapy. If that is unsuccessful, he would need Tommy John surgery.
Cobb has been out since leaving a spring training game March 17 with a forearm strain. He was 10-9 with a 2.87 ERA last season and projected to be atop the Rays' rotation this season.
In other baseball moves:
— Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander is awaiting the results of a third MRI for his strained right triceps. Verlander began the season on the disabled list and then cut short a simulated game due to fatigue and soreness. The 2011 AL MVP says he feels "a little bit better" and hopes to start throwing again soon.
— The Minnesota Twins have placed infielder Eduardo Nunez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique. Nunez hit .409 with four doubles in eight games before getting hurt.
— Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia threw 70 pitches during an extended spring training outing and could begin a rehab assignment Sunday. Garcia is trying to come back after a setback in his rehab from thoracic outlet surgery in spring training.
— The Padres have placed right-hander Brandon Morrow on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, a move retroactive to May 3. Morrow is 2-0 with a 2.73 ERA on the season.
— Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has been released by the Miami Marlins after batting just .069 with 12 strikeouts in 29 at-bats. The Marlins parted ways with the veteran even though he has nearly two seasons left on his $21 million, three-year contract.
— Outfielder Cody Ross has been released by Oakland after clearing waivers, ending a short and unproductive stint with the Athletics. Ross batted .091 with no home runs and three RBIs in nine games with the A's.
— The Atlanta Braves have designated left-handed reliever Donnie Veal for assignment and recalled right-hander Brandon Cunniff from Triple-A Gwinnett. The move leaves Luis Avilan as the only left-hander in Atlanta's bullpen.
— The Cleveland Indians activated Nick Swisher from the disabled list and optioned fellow outfielder Tyler Holt to Triple-A Columbus before Tuesday night's game in Kansas City. Swisher spent the first month of the season on the DL while recovering from surgery on both knees that ended his season last August.
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