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Rays' Cobb set to return to mound

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Right-hander Alex Cobb will come off the disabled list and make his first start Thursday for the Tampa Bay Rays since he was hit on the head by a line drive.

Cobb, who was struck on June 15 during a game against the Kansas City Royals, will be limited to about 90 pitches in a game against the Seattle Mariners, Rays manager Joe Maddon told MLB.com. Cobb's return to the major leagues also was delayed by a blister on his pitching hand.

The 25-year-old made three rehab starts in the minor leagues, the last on Friday when he allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings while pitching for high-Class A Charlotte.

At the time of the injury, Cobb was 6-2 with a 3.01 ERA in 13 starts for the Rays.

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