ST. PETERSBURG - Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb threw another bullpen session Thursday morning, his third since suffering a concussion and developing vertigo after taking a line drive off the right side of his head during a game June 15.
Cobb said the session went well and that he hopes to throw a round of live batting practice Sunday morning.
He said he took a third concussion test Wednesday and, while he has yet to receive the official results, he said he was told by his doctor that he did well. If he passes, then his rehab moves to the stage where can begin trying to build up his arm strength so he can face major league hitters.
Cobb had targeted late July for his return, although he said it might be more like early August.
"Late July might be a little bit of a push but might as well set the goal high," he said.
Cobb also took fielding practice this week, fielding balls hit back to the mound and pop-ups. On Wednesday, he stood behind a cage in the bullpen while pitching coach Jim Hickey hit line drives at him.
He said that was "Pretty scary. The first PFP (pitcher's fielding practice) it seemed like (the ball) came back a lot faster."