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Alex Cobb may have a torn elbow ligament

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We’ve heard about forearm strains and setbacks, but no one with the Rays has yet to use the l-word with respect to Alex Cobb. With the l-word being “ligament.”

But Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times went there earlier today. No, he doesn’t work for the Rays, but he’s the most plugged-in Rays reporter there is:

Informed speculation on #Rays Cobb: Partial tear in elbow ligament showed in new MRI, thus wait and see how he responds to rest, treatment

— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) May 5, 2015

Cobb has been on the shelf since mid-March. If he has a ligament tear it could be much longer, obviously.

Cobb, 27, posted a 2.82 ERA with 8.2 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 over 49 starts from 2013-2014. With the AL East so even at the moment, the Rays would love to have him in the fold, but it doesn’t look like it’s happening anytime soon.