Cobb exits early after taking shot off leg
Right-hander says he expects to make next start
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays bullpen had seven more innings of work Saturday night, but it wasn't by choice.
Starting pitcher Alex Cobb had to be removed after two innings after being struck on the leg between the tibia and fibula by a sharp grounder from Ichiro Suzuki. The Rays reported that X-rays were negative.
"Fortunately it got all muscle, no bone," Cobb said after the game. "There's no fractures or anything."
Cobb added that he should be fine in time for his next start, which is scheduled for Friday in Anaheim.
Despite being hit, Cobb was still able to get to the ball and throw it to catcher Jose Lobaton, who tagged Carlos Peguero at the plate to end the inning and save a run.
Cobb was unable to get up and was helped off the field. Cesar Ramos came in to relieve him and pitched four innings with six strikeouts.
"I tried getting up after the play, and it just wasn't happening," Cobb said. "That's when I felt it the most, and from then on, it was throbbing."
Greg Zeck is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.