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Rays pitcher Alex Cobb lays on the Tropicana Field turf after being hit by a line drive June 15. Cobb addressed the media Monday for the first time since the incident.
by Steve Carney
Nine days after one of the scariest incidents this year in baseball, it was good to see Alex Cobb hadn't lost his sense of humor.
"Is this all for me?" he joked while walking up to the table to address the media assembled to hear him Monday at Tropicana Field.
Just over a week ago, Cobb laid in front of the pitchers mound face down after a line drive off the bat of Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer hit him on the right ear, and Rays fans were praying that this wasn't the last time they'd see the right-hander on the mound.
Cobb says he remembers the entire incident.
"I remember deciding what pitch to throw. I remember seeing the ball come back, might have caught a glance of it and subconsciously turned my head, thankfully. And I remember laying on the Trop floor and having Ron [head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield] come out."
The righty said the vertigo started as he was leaving the field on the stretcher. "As I was getting wheeled off, looking at the roof of the Trop doing circles," Cobb said. "That's when the headaches started."
However, those symptoms have started to subside, and he is starting to return to normal.
"Today's been the best day by far," Cobb said. "The headaches after the fact first few days were pretty tough to handle. The vertigo feeling that I was feeling was leading to nausea, but today's been the best day."
There is still no timetable for Cobb's return to the mound, and the right-hander says he isn't sure how he's going to react on the mound until he gets out there with an opposing hitter in the box.
"I'd love to sit up here and tell you that once I get out there, I'll have the mindset that 'It happened once. It's probably pretty good possibility that it's not going to happen to me again.' I'm not going to lie. I've had some nightmares about it, how bad it could have been, and obviously that's going to be in the back of my mind. As of right now, I'd like to think that I can pitch through it.
"I've read a few things saying people think I may not pitch again this year, which can't be anything further from the truth. I'll be ready to go as soon as my body tells me that I'm 100 percent."
But all in all, he considers himself lucky to have made it out of the incident without any serious injury.
"The chances of what happened to me happening are very slim, but it happened, and I made it out ok," Cobb said. "The fact that I shouldn't have to go through this again. The odds are in my favor kind of makes it easier."
And that should make all Rays fans breathe a sigh of relief.
Click below to listen to Alex Cobb talk about the incident.