photo credit: Steve Carney/620 WDAE

Rays pitcher Alex Cobb walks off with outfielder Sam Fuld and fellow pitchers David Price and Jeremy Hellickson following his simulated game Sunday.

by Steve Carney, 620 WDAE

Less than one month after being hit by a line drive by Eric Hosmer, Alex Cobb was back on the mound at Tropicana Field, throwing without a screen to hitters.

"I didn't want a screen out there.  I wanted it to be game-like," the 25-year-oldsaid.  "I think we accomplished that feat.  There's no shyness about the ball coming back to me or anything like that."

The right-hander threw over 40 pitches to both outfielder Sam Fuld and home clubhouse supervisor Chris Westmoreland.

"It was a little different at first," Cobb said afterward.  "It's amazing how quick you forget how to pitch, really.  Then once batters get in there, the intensity goes up a little bit. Body parts start flying in different directions that you're not used to.  It takes a little while to get settled down.  I felt toward the end of my session, it got a lot better, so I was happy with it."

To hear the entire conversation with Cobb, click below!