Slowly but steadily the crowded sick bay of the Tampa Bay Rays is emptying out.

Alex Cobb who hasn't returned to the mound since he was hit in the head by a line drive June 15 and suffered a concussion is slated to pitch in Thursday's series finale against Seattle.

“I'm feeling a lot better” said Cobb 6-2 in 13 starts this season. “I'm really looking forward to being out there. When you're at home all day watching your friends play you realize how nice you've got it and you really learn to appreciate everything we've worked hard to get. It (the injury) was definitely an eye-opener.”

Batters are hitting only .233 against Cobb who is credited with nine quality starts.

“The big thing is not to try to do too much” he said. “I've got to stay within myself. It'll be fun to get back out there.''

OF Desmond Jennings recovering from a broken left middle finger said he's making steady progress.

“There's still a little swelling but I grabbed a bat today” said Jennings eligible to come off the disabled list on Monday. “Hopefully tomorrow I can start swinging and see how it feels. The main thing right now is getting my grip back. I didn't know it was fractured at first but it's getting better every day.”

Manager Joe Maddon said the Rays remain uncertain when starting pitcher Matt Moore will return. Moore has been out since July 29 with a sore left elbow.