Boxberger throws successful rehab outing

Rays closer recovering from left oblique strain

Boxberger throws successful rehab outing

OAKLAND -- Brad Boxberger made his third rehab appearance Saturday night for Class A Charlotte vs. Brevard County.

Boxberger, recovering from a left oblique injury, started the game and allowed a run on two hits, striking out one and throwing 14 strikes in 22 pitches.

Boxberger "threw well today," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "Velo was good again, so that's exciting to see."

Boxberger, who's been out since May 31, said he thought he would be ready to return to the team for the next series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

"Look, I'm glad he feels that way," Cash said. "We've got to do what's right for us and obviously Box, I know Box is itching to get back. But at the same time, this has been quite the process. Quite the season for him.

"We want to make sure that he's totally healthy. We're going to discuss it internally. I'll probably give him a call tomorrow to see where he's at. Get his input also."

Worth noting

Alex Cobb, working his way back from Tommy John surgery, threw a two-inning simulated game at Charlotte Sports Park on Saturday.

"He did good, 20 [pitches] and 15 [strikes]," Cash said. "Everything felt fine. We'll see tomorrow and will probably have an update tomorrow on what the next step is."

Desmond Jennings (left-hamstring strain) took part in the game in which Cobb pitched.

Jennings "felt fine," Cash said. "He continued his rehab process. He ran bases and hit live batting practice with the club."

Chase Whitley, also recovering from Tommy John surgery, will make his second rehab appearance on Sunday for Charlotte vs. Brevard County.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for since 2005. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.