Rays call up Cobb for Tuesday start

Rays call up Cobb for Tuesday start

Rays call up Cobb for Tuesday start
ST. PETERSBURG -- After Monday's loss, the Rays announced a move to call up pitcher Alex Cobb and option reliever Brandon Gomes to Triple-A Durham.

Cobb will start Tuesday against the Rangers in place of Andy Sonnanstine, who relieved on Monday night.

In Triple-A, Cobb has been exceptional with a 5-0 record and a 1.14 ERA. But those stats failed to translate on May 1 as the right-hander allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Angels in his first Major League appearance.

"Minor League numbers don't mean anything now," Cobb said. "Once you get up here, you have to be able to put those numbers out up here. If you don't, you're going to go back."

In his only start for the Rays, Cobb was found to be tipping his pitches with a glove waggle. But that has since been fixed.

"It really was [an easy correction]," he said. "It's just a matter of focusing on it, really. I wasn't thinking about it. I put a little bit of thought into it, went out there and threw some outings, and now I don't even have to think about it when I throw."

On the other end of the move, Gomes' stint with Tampa Bay was short but productive. The reliever, who was called up on May 3, made nine appearances and posted a 2.89 ERA. Manager Joe Maddon said he believes Gomes will be a "very good Major League reliever."

Added Maddon: "I like his makeup, I like his aggressiveness, I like the pitches that he does throw. One of the things we wanted him to get better at was times at the plate holding runners -- he did that when he was here."

As for Cobb, Maddon had some nice things to say about him, too.

"I like [Cobb's] stuff," he said. "He's kind of like a [Jeremy] Hellickson. I would like to see him on a level playing field [when not tipping pitches] to see how he does."