Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb will see his first "real" action since being hit on the head with line drive on June 15. The Rays announced on Friday that Cobb will pitch on Tuesday for the Class-A Charlotte Stone Crabs.
After throwing a simulated game on Thursday, Cobb said he felt good and was happy to get the chance to get back on the mound.
"It went well," Cobb said. "It was nice to get out there and see competition again."
Cobb suffered a concussion when he was struck in the right ear by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City's Eric Hosmer on June 15. He left the field on a stretcher, was hospitalized and suffered effects of vertigo. He wasn't expected to return until early August.
Thursday's simulated game gave Cobb a chance to feel game pressure -- there were base runners and fielders behind him. Some batters bunted to give Cobb the opportunity to field his position, according to the Tampa Bay Tribune.
"It made me focus," Cobb said. "And the thing that I was happy about was I was able to focus in and make some adjustments.
Cobb is 6-2 with a 3.01 ERA this season.
He is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday and then is set to throw four innings or 60 pitches on Tuesday.