5/14/2014 9:14 P.M. ET
Cobb's return in sight after bullpen session
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
SEATTLE -- Alex Cobb (left oblique strain) threw a bullpen on Wednesday after throwing 60 pitches in a simulated game on Monday.
He is expected to make a rehab start for one of the Rays' affiliates on Saturday, and if all goes well, expect to see Cobb on the mound May 22 against the A's at Tropicana Field.
When Cobb was sidelined on April 13, the Rays were 7-5. They have since gone 10-18 heading into Wednesday afternoon's action.
To say the Rays have missed Cobb would be a vast understatement.
"Cobber is pretty much a solid seven innings when he goes out there," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "And then you get the complementary benefits that occur. The fact that he's probably going to put you in a good position to win a game, use less relief pitchers. The attitude is better the next day because you won the night before. All the complementary effects can never be overlooked. There's no way to really evaluate that."
Matt Moore exited the starting rotation around the same time as Cobb, and he is out for the season after having Tommy John surgery. Joining the rotation in the pair's absence have been Erik Bedard and Cesar Ramos.
Maddon would not take the pair to task for the starting staff's woes.
"I'm not going to lay this all on Erik and Cesar," Maddon said. "I think they've pitched very well."
At the outset of Spring Training, the Rays were seeking a fifth starter after Jeremy Hellickson had right elbow surgery. Jake Odorizzi won that job, Ramos went back to the bullpen and Bedard ended up at Triple-A Durham.
"You're trying to re-grow something in season," Maddon said. "You make your plans in the offseason. This is what it's supposed to look like, then it doesn't look like that, and you have to reboot and get it going again."
Zobrist dislocates thumb on slide into second
SEATTLE -- Ben Zobrist left Wednesday afternoon's 2-0 win against the Mariners with a dislocated left thumb, and it is likely he will go on the disabled list.
Rays manager Joe Maddon said the team would decide on Thursday how to proceed. Zobrist acknowledged that he would be surprised if he did not go on the disabled list.
"They want it to heal properly," said Zobrist, noting that the injury usually takes a couple of weeks to heal.
"We don't want an unstable joint or anything like that going forward in the future," Zobrist added. "Thankfully it's on the top joint instead of the lower joint of the thumb, which is a little bit less important."
After hitting a one-out single in the fifth, Zobrist was thrown out trying to steal second base. He slid into the base head first, and after appearing to jam his left hand on the bag he got up, holding it, and called to the Rays' bench.
"Was stealing second, and I tried to avoid the tag, kinda did a little swim move, stuck my thumb in there and jammed it, either into the ground or into the base," Zobrist said. "When I looked at it I knew it was dislocated."
Zobrist did not go back into the field to play defense in the bottom half of the inning. Sean Rodriguez took Zobrist's place at second base.
After team trainers had a difficult time trying to pop his thumb back into place, Zobrist saw a doctor and had X-rays to make sure there was not a fracture. Then the thumb was popped back into place.
"Best-case scenario is that it heals very quickly and I can get back on the field, maybe within a week," Zobrist said. "But that's unlikely, I think. I think they're trying to decide right now whether we need to go on the DL or not. We'll see what decision is made."
Dejesus' dramatics in ninth reflect new power
SEATTLE -- David DeJesus hit a homer off Fernando Rodney to tie Tuesday night's 2-1 win over the Mariners.
The blast gave DeJesus his third career tying or go-ahead homer in the ninth inning or later and first since July 12, 2008, against the Mariners, when he walked off against Brandon Morrow while playing for the Royals.
Tuesday night's home run gave DeJesus four in his past 17 games. Prior to that he had only two in his first 51 games with the Rays going back to last season.
DeJesus carried a nine-game hitting streaking into Wednesday afternoon's contest, which ranks as the longest by a Ray this season and DeJesus' longest since his nine-game run from May 21-30, 2012.
Price goes distance using mix of luck, vision
SEATTLE -- David Price on Tuesday night recorded his second complete game of the season, becoming the winning pitcher in a 2-1 Rays victory in which he struck out 12 and walked none.
Price now has 10 career complete games, including six since returning from the disabled list on July 2 -- more than any team besides the Rays during that stretch.
Price's outing was the fourth time in Rays history that a pitcher recorded at least 12 strikeouts while issuing no walks. The others are: James Shields (15 strikeouts, Oct. 2, 2012, vs. Baltimore), Price (13, Sept. 25, 2012, at Boston) and Scott Kazmir (13, Aug. 25, 2007, vs. Oakland).
Seeking a change of fortune after going three starts without a win, Price borrowed pants from right-hander Josh Lueke and striped socks from right-hander Chris Archer.
Not only did Archer loan Price some stripes, but he also took time to watch a vintage 2012 Price performance, when he had a complete-game win over the Red Sox.
"I told [Archer] that was what I was going to do [Tuesday night]," Price said. "I was able to do it. ... It was the same pitch to get the last out of the game."
Price finished off Tuesday night's game by striking out Justin Smoak, which triggered a memory for Archer. In the video that Archer watched with Price, Price struck out Mario Gomez swinging at a 96-mph fastball to end the game.
"When he did it tonight I ran out and said, 'Exact same pitch you threw in that highlight,'" Archer said. "Unbelievable. If you don't believe in manifesting your destiny, that's a perfect example of putting something on your mind and executing it."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.