ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb, hit in the head by a ball in June, hasn't ruled out pitching again in the next month.

Cobb, struck in the right ear by a liner hit by Kansas City's Eric Hosmer on June 15, threw off a mound for the second time since being hurt before Monday night's game against Minnesota.

"The timeline is, obviously, getting shorter for me and that's exciting," Cobb said. "Hopefully early August, maybe end of this month would be a pretty nice expectation. Right now, I am trying to get there as soon as possible."

Cobb is scheduled to have another bullpen session Thursday and hopes to face hitters soon after that.

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