ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb is expected to pitch Thursday night for the first time in the majors since getting hit in the head by a ball in June.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said before Tuesday night's game against Seattle that the team feels Cobb is going to be ready to face the Mariners.

Cobb was struck in the right ear by a liner hit by Kansas City's Eric Hosmer on June 15. He has been on a minor league rehab assignment and said Thursday's game with the Mariners will "probably feel like another opening day for me."

Cobb is 6-2 with a 3.01 ERA in 13 starts this season.