Share This Page
MLB

MLB notebook: Rays' Cobb favors headgear for pitchers

| Monday, June 24, 2013, 10:33 p.m.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Rays right-hander Alex Cobb favors pitchers having the option of wearing protective headgear on the mound.

Cobb returned to Tropicana Field on Monday, nine days after being struck in the right ear by a ball hit by Kansas City's Eric Hosmer and nearly seven weeks after Toronto's J.A. Happ also was hit in the head by a batted ball while pitching there.

Sitting on a platform in the auxiliary clubhouse in which Happ also answered questions about the scary incident that knocked him out of a game in early May, Cobb, who is making progress in his recovery, spoke to the media for the first time since being carted off the field and taken to a hospital on June 15.

“I don't want it to turn into something where every pitcher on the mound has to wear something. That's everybody's personal choice,” Cobb said. “It's one where you want to have a little say-so that if this incident happened again you were able to do everything you could to protect yourself, your future, your family.”

A-Rod recovering some power

Alex Rodriguez is getting his power swing back.

The Yankees third baseman, coming back from hip surgery in January, hit a ball to the base of the center-field fence and another on the warning track in left center off a minor league right-hander Monday as he continued taking simulated at-bats.

In sessions late last week, A-Rod primarily hit grounders mixed in with a couple liners.

Rodriguez also had an extensive baserunning session and did sliding drills on a mat in the outfield, two key steps before starting a minor league rehab assignment.

The Yankees have not said when Rodriguez will begin playing in games but are hoping for after the All-Star break.

Derek Jeter, recovering from a broken left ankle also took batting practice.

Astros jettison two

The Astros optioned infielder Marwin Gonzalez to Triple-A Oklahoma City and cut left-hander Wade LeBlanc.

The team said corresponding roster moves would be made Tuesday when Houston begins a series at home against the Cardinals.

The 24-year-old Gonzalez has a paltry .250 on-base percentage with four homers and 14 RBI. The switch-hitter has started 50 of 77 games this season, making eight errors while mostly sharing time at shortstop with veteran Ronny Cedeno.

Giants' Pagan needs surgery

Giants center fielder Angel Pagan is scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday to repair a tendon in his left hamstring.

Pagan is expected be out at least another 12 weeks.

Pagan, who turns 32 on July 2, signed a four-year, $40 million contract in December after helping the Giants win their second World Series title in three years. He is batting .262 with three home runs and 24 RBIs.

It was the latest dose of bad news for the Giants, who entered Monday trailing NL West-leading Arizona by three games. It came on the same day they reinstated slugging third baseman Pablo Sandoval from the disabled list after he missed 14 games because of an injured left foot.

Carrasco optioned to minors

The Indians optioned right-hander Carlos Carrasco to Triple-A Columbus and recalled pitcher T.J. House from the same minor league club.

The 23-year-old House is poised to make his major league debut, and he couldn't be more excited.

Before Monday's game against the Orioles, House said when he learned of the promotion, “It kind of floored me a little bit.”

Veteran pitcher Garcia to minors

The Orioles optioned veteran pitcher Freddy Garcia to Triple-A Norfolk, an assignment the right-hander has the right to refuse.

The 36-year-old Garcia is 3-5 with a 5.77 ERA in 11 games with the Orioles. Garcia can accept the demotion or declare himself a free agent.

Manager Buck Showalter said, “Freddy has a decision to make. He can stay with us and go to Triple-A or do something else. Hoping he stays.”

Garcia was optioned because the Orioles recalled rookie right-hander Kevin Gausman from Norfolk on Monday.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.