7/29/2013 7:08 P.M. ET
Red-hot Myers not changing a thing, including hairstyle
By Michael Periatt / MLB.com
BOSTON -- Rays rookie right fielder Wil Myers hasn't cut -- or for that matter combed -- his hair since the beginning of the season, but with the way he's been hitting lately, he has no plans to change anything.
"It's got the look of being combed with the leg of a chair," manager Joe Maddon said of Myers' hair style.
As long as Myers keeps playing like he did Sunday -- he hit two homers and had four RBIs in a loss against the Yankees -- Maddon couldn't care less.
Myers has hit in nine straight games and has collected more than one hit in eight of those contests. Not coincidentally, the red-hot Rays are 7-2 in that stretch.
But Tampa Bay has been on a tear since Myers made his highly anticipated debut June 18. The Rays are 26-10 and have closed within a half-game of the first-place Red Sox in the American League East.
There are plenty of reasons for the Rays' surge, but Myers' strong start has been one of them. He was batting .328 with seven homers and 26 RBIs entering Monday.
With a number of games under his belt, Myers feels like he's settling into a routine at the Major League level.
"It doesn't feel like my debut anymore," he said. "It just feels like I'm really playing baseball again.
"I feel pretty good right now. Just seeing the ball and just getting some good pitches to hit. Just not chasing balls away and staying confident in my approach."
Added Maddon, "He thinks he belongs in the big leagues."
Myers has for the most part lived up to the lofty expectations that followed him to the Major Leagues. He's always been lauded for his bat, but Maddon said what surprised him was the other facets of his game.
"He's probably exceeded expectations for me from what I've seen defensively and on the bases," Maddon said, "but offensively, I had heard he was going to be pretty good."
Club continues to weigh four-man rotation option
BOSTON -- The Rays are still weighing the possibility of going to a four-man rotation for the month of August, but haven't made any decisions.
With five off-days in the month, the Rays could conceivably go with their top-four pitchers -- David Price, Chris Archer, Matt Moore and Jeremy Hellickson -- who have been spectacular during July.
"That's still in a state of flux," manager Joe Maddon said of the decision. "So we got the [series] with the Diamondbacks and after that, I'm not 100 percent sure."
The Rays are 24-2 in the last 26 games started by one of their top four starters, but Maddon also said some extra rest during the dog days of the season could be beneficial. The Rays entered play Monday a half-game behind the Red Sox for first place in the American League East.
Price took the mound against Boston on Monday and Maddon said the "number of pitches tonight could impact," the decision as well.
Cobb slated to pitch simulated game Tuesday
BOSTON -- Rays right-hander Alex Cobb's return is back on track after a blister on his right index finger took him out of a rehab start last week.
Cobb will pitch three innings and throw about 40 to 50 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday at Class A Charlotte.
He'll have to make at least one rehab start after that and potentially more before he can return to the Majors.
"We want him to have a rehab start or starts, but we want to make sure he'll get through this whole thing and we'll reevaluate after that," manager Joe Maddon said.
Cobb was originally sidelined with a concussion when he was hit in the head with a line drive by Kansas City's Eric Hosmer on June 15 and left on a stretcher.
He was on track for a quick recovery, but a blister forced him out of a rehab start July 23.
Cobb was 6-2 with a 3.01 ERA before the injury, but the Rays have fared well in his absence.
Tampa Bay's rotation has been a big reason the Rays have been able to win 21 of their last 25 games.
"It's kind of interesting and unique that we've been able to recover with [Cobb] being out this long," Maddon said.
Michael Periatt is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @Michael Periatt. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.