Cobb called up to help taxed bullpen

Cobb called up to help taxed bullpen

BOSTON -- After allowing five runs on four hits in one inning of relief in the Rays' 13-5 loss to the Red Sox on Saturday, Dane De La Rosa was optioned back to Triple-A Durham, and the club recalled right-hander Alex Cobb on Sunday.

Cobb was 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts for the Bulls this season. He made 12 starts with Durham and nine for the Rays over three stints in the Major Leagues in 2011. Logging his first experience in The Show, Cobb was impressive while posting a 3-2 record with a 3.42 ERA. On Aug. 18, he had season-ending surgery to remove a blood clot and blockage in the area of his first right rib.

"Arm feels good," Cobb said. "That's all I was really concerned about going into the year after the surgery. The arm's healthy. The [velocity is] coming back a little bit, so everything is going well. I'm pitching just like I would any other year."

Entering Sunday afternoon's contest with the Red Sox, the Rays' bullpen was running on fumes after a busy week. Manager Joe Maddon said they will be looking for Cobb to give the bullpen some length.

"I wasn't expecting to be back this quick, and in a reliever role, which is what it looks like I'll be in," Cobb said.

Cobb had been scheduled to start for Durham on Sunday.