ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb favors pitchers having the option of wearing protective headgear on the mound.
Cobb returned to Tropicana Field on Monday, nine days after being struck in the right ear by a ball hit by Kansas City's Eric Hosmer and nearly seven weeks after Toronto's J.A. Happ also was hit in the head by a batted ball while pitching there.
Sitting on a platform in the auxiliary clubhouse in which Happ also answered questions about the scary incident that knocked him out of a game in early May, Cobb - who is making progress in his recovery, spoke to the media for the first time since being carted off the field and taken to a hospital on June 15.

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