Rays Manager Joe Maddon is known to use some unusual language for a baseball manager and this spring's quote to note is that Alex Cobb is "pretty much ensconced" in the rotation.

This is quite a switch for Cobb who reported to spring training and was part of the very first group of cuts - mainly because he was still recovering from surgery to remove a blood clot and blockage from the area of his top right rib performed in August of 2011. Prior to his injury he had made 9 starts posting a 3-2 record with a 3.42/3.61 ERA/FIP.

He earned his spot in the rotation with a very solid finish to the 2012 season. He returned to the Rays in mid-May after Jeff Niemann was placed on the disabled list with a broken leg and made his season debut and earned the win by tossing 7 innings allowing only 2R/ER in a 5-2 Rays victory over the Atlanta Braves.