Rays starter Alex Cobb to throw 1st bullpen session since injury and Smyly to return Friday

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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — Tampa Bay Rays righty Alex Cobb is set to throw his first bullpen session since being sidelined during spring training by forearm tendinitis.

Cobb was scheduled to start opening day, but his injury prevented it. He will throw around 20 fastballs before the Rays play Toronto on Friday.

"It's not much, but it's something," he said Thursday.

Cobb went 10-9 with a 2.87 ERA in 27 starts last season.

The Rays will reinstate Drew Smyly from the 15-day disabled list Friday night to start against the Blue Jays. The left-hander has been out with shoulder inflammation.

"If I was limited I wouldn't go out there," said Smyly, who made three minor league rehab starts.

Obtained as part of a three-team trade July 31 that sent Rays ace David Price to the Tigers, Smyly went 3-1 with a 1.70 ERA in seven starts for Tampa Bay.

The Rays announced after Thursday night's 2-1 win over Boston that first baseman James Loney, coming back from a right oblique strain, will also be reinstated from the 15-day DL for Friday's game.

Lefty C.J. Riefenhauser was put on the 15-day DL with a sore left shoulder and outfielder Mikie Mahtook was recalled from Triple-A Durham. The Rays have 12 players on the DL, a club record.

Mahtook was optioned back to Durham along with first baseman Allan Dykstra after the game to make room on the roster for Smyly and Loney.

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