Just over a month after seeing Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ injured by a line drive, the Tampa Bay Rays faced another scary moment Saturday evening. This one hit much closer to home, as starter Alex Cobb was hit by a line drive off Eric Hosmer‘s bat.
The scene at Tropicana Field quickly became somber, with medical personnel rushing to Cobb’s aid. He was face-down on the front of the mound, but kicking his legs which could be viewed as a good sign.
Injuries are an unfortunate part of sports. Nobody wants to miss a game. But it’s always worse when they occur in such a freakish way. In this case, Cobb couldn’t react in time. The ball hit was travelling at an extremely fast speed.
As a Rays fan, I hope that Cobb’s injury isn’t serious and he’s back on the mound in no time. Numerous reports have stated that fellow starter David Price went to the hospital to be with him. Cobb also spoke to his father, the Rays’ entire pitching staff and former Ray James Shields, now part of the Kansas City Royals, in the tunnel before exiting the stadium.
Unfortunately, freak injuries like this happen and it scares everyone. It may be part of the sport, but that doesn’t downplay the seriousness of Cobb’s injury.
Even though the Rays rallied to win this game, everyone’s thoughts are with Cobb. He has been the most consistent pitcher on a staff that’s struggled mightily this season, so losing him could provide a huge blow to Tampa Bay’s playoffs hopes.