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Cobb to start Thursday; Faria heads to DL

As righty returns, rookie sidelined with abdominal strain
MLB.com @wwchastain

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays announced a series of moves Sunday morning, highlighted by the news that Alex Cobb would be re-inserted into the rotation on Thursday and that Jacob Faria would go on the 10-day disabled list with a left abdominal strain.

Faria's spot will be filled by outfielder Cesar Puello, whom the Rays claimed outright off waivers from the Angels on Saturday. Another move will need to be made when Cobb is activated Thursday.

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ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays announced a series of moves Sunday morning, highlighted by the news that Alex Cobb would be re-inserted into the rotation on Thursday and that Jacob Faria would go on the 10-day disabled list with a left abdominal strain.

Faria's spot will be filled by outfielder Cesar Puello, whom the Rays claimed outright off waivers from the Angels on Saturday. Another move will need to be made when Cobb is activated Thursday.

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Cobb (turf toe on his right big toe) went on the 10-day disabled list on Aug. 8, retroactive to Aug. 6. He is 9-8 with a 3.80 ERA in 23 starts this season. He said his toe feels "great."

"It's unfortunate I had to miss [an extra start], but looking at the rest of the year, a couple of more starts this month, and being able to finish out the year completely, hopefully pain-free in that area and not have to worry about any lingering issues," Cobb said.

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Faria said his problem began with a "nagging thing" but it progressed to where it bothered him in his last start against the Blue Jays.

"In Toronto, it really affected a lot of stuff," Faria said. "The last couple of days, we've tried to feel it out to see how it did."

Faria threw a bullpen session on Saturday.

"Towards the back end of the bullpen, it started bothering me again," Faria said.

According to Rays manager Kevin Cash, the prudent move was to shut Faria down.

"Jake, the success he's had as a young pitcher, we need to be careful with him and see if we can get this cleared up with the 10 days or whatever it takes," Cash said.

Faria does not believe his malady will be season-ending.

With Faria out, Chris Archer will move up and be followed by Austin Pruitt on Wednesday, then Cobb Thursday.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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