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Alex Cobb Likely To Start For Rays Tuesday, Andy Sonnanstine To Bullpen

First, this news comes from the Tampa Tribune:

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RHP Alex Cobb scratched from start today at Triple-A Durham, expected to start for #Rays instead of Andy Sonnanstine on Tues. vs. Rangers.

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And then, there's this update from the St. Pete Times:

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Apparently, the Rays plan a return to the bullpen for RHP Andy Sonnanstine, who became the fifth starter when Jeff Niemann went on the disabled list May 6 with a lower back strain.    

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Nothing is official yet, but that's just how the Rays do business; they won't call up Cobb until after Monday night's game (at the earliest) or during the day Tuesday (more likely). This gives them the benefit of having an extra arm in the bullpen until Tuesday's game, and it delays Cobb's service time clock for one more day.

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As for a little information on Cobb, here's what I wrote up over at DRaysBay:

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The 23-year-old Cobb has made eight starts in Triple-A this season, and has carried over last year's success from Double-A. He's striking out over 9 batters per nine innings pitched and walking fewer than 2 batters per nine, posting a 1.14 ERA and 2.33 FIP. Odds are he won't carry over those numbers to the majors, but he doesn't have to in order to still be valuable: he just has to be better than Andy Sonnanstine. And right now, that's a pretty easy bar to meet.

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