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San Francisco Giants right-hander Alex Cobb exited in the third inning Tuesday night after aggravating a hip injury against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Cobb reacted in pain after throwing his second pitch of the inning, prompting manager Gabe Kapler and a trainer to scurry to the mound. After a brief discussion, Cobb left with the trainer.
Kapler saw Cobb wince and felt the 35-year-old didn't have enough physical strength to remain in the game.
"This is not a new event for him, it's something that he's been battling with," Kapler said. "He felt good in the bullpen and then once he got out on the mound and he really had to finish his pitches, it started biting on him. It got to a point where we couldn't keep sending him back out there."
In the second inning, Cobb visibly labored while giving up four runs. Overall, he allowed five runs, five hits and one walk while striking out one in two-plus innings, and he was tagged with the loss as the Giants fell 8-4.
Cobb was pitching for the first time since Sept. 11 as his last scheduled start was pushed back to Tuesday due to the hip ailment. He is now 7-7 with a 3.87 ERA in 28 starts.
Left-hander Alex Wood replaced Cobb, and he threw five innings of three-run ball.
--Field Level Media