Alex Cobb took a big step towards returning to the Rays tonight by pitching for their High-A minor league affiliate Charlotte Stone Crabs in Port Charlotte against the Brevard County Manatees.

It was his second attempt to get his work in against live hitters since getting struck n the head by a line drive off the bat of Eric Hosmer of the Kansas City Royals on June 15th.

His first attempt at coming back hit a snag when he had to leave his July 23rd start after two pitches due to a blister on his index finger of his throwing  hand.

He worked 4 innings allowing 1R/ER on 3 hits striking out 3 and walking 2 and threw 56 pitches.  After the game he said that “All of the tings that we were tying to do today went well….I was trying to be a little bit cautious in the beginning and then I start noticing  that they were swinging at everything and being really aggressive, it got me going a little bit.  After that I got a little of that aggression back and was trying to compete just like it was a regular game.”

The blister was not an issue as Cobb said, “No problems. I think it was the best weather to test it in- it started raining a little bit and then the heat started coming up and it was just as humid as it could possibly be. So, it was a good test. I was a little nervous once I stepped foot out there and you just feel the humidity attack you. But thankfully all the work and treatment we’ve been putting in the last few weeks paid off.”