Cobb, who remained in Sarasota, Fla., to work up his innings count after signing with the team March 21, had his final tune-up Monday, throwing a six-inning extended spring training game against the Minnesota Twins.
He threw 93 pitches in the outing, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits while recording eight strikeouts and walking one batter.
“Alex said any fastball out of his hand, they were hacking,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “It was tough to get his pitch count up for a while.”
Cobb was scheduled to fly north Monday night and should have his between-starts work day at Double-A Bowie on Wednesday.
In seven career starts at Fenway Park, Cobb is 5-1 with a 3.15 ERA. Last season, he was 2-0 with a 4.41 ERA in three starts for the Tampa Bay Rays in Boston.
Trumbo to start rehab
Designated hitter Mark Trumbo, who opened the season on the disabled list with a quadriceps injury, is set to begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment at Double-A Bowie on Tuesday.
Showalter said Trumbo will play at least two games with the Baysox and be re-evaluated afterward. He could then continue his rehab assignment with High-A Frederick at home or stick with Bowie, which goes on the road for a weekend series in Harrisburg, Pa.
“I couldn’t handicap it,” Showalter said. “He feels good. He’s going from 80-something degrees to 40 degrees. I’m going to let him make the call. It could be all the way through the weekend, for that matter. When he feels like he’s ready, we’ll bring him. I think he’s had some experience with these rehabs, and I’m going to lean on him with that.”
Reliving the 1-2-5
Catcher Caleb Joseph said turning turning the first 1-2-5 double play in franchise history, during the 12th inning of the Orioles’ 8-7 win against the New York Yankees on Sunday, was a matter of anticipation.
“You’re always thinking of ways to turn a triple play or the best way of turning a double play, and even though the game is speeding up, you’re trying to do it before the play happens so that when it does happen, you’re prepared,” Joseph said. “Looking back on it, you get that lead out at third, what happens is, it takes a little bit of pressure off the wild pitch. [Reliever Brad Brach] can throw his pitches with the utmost conviction knowing a wild pitch doesn’t tie the game. … You go to first [base] … a bloop can lose the game. … You go to third, and now it takes an extra-base hit to beat you. I think it relieves a lot of pressure for Brad. I think it relieves a lot of pressure for everybody wearing an Orioles cap.”
Brach, who loaded the bases with no outs in the 12th but struck out Giancarlo Stanton after the double play to end the game, said the play rescued him from danger.
“I don’t have to worry about a wild pitch or anything like that,” Brach said. “I can just go after the hitter. Honestly, I got a huge jolt of energy as [Aaron Judge’s grounder] was coming to me. I just felt the excitement coming, and I just had to make a good throw to Caleb, and as soon as he turned to get the double play, I had a good feeling about the next batter. It was kind of unbelievable we were able to get out of that with no runs.”
Said Showalter: “That’s all Caleb. It’s one of those things with guys like Caleb. … They’re proactive. They think about things before they happen. … What gets missed a little bit in that play is Tim Beckham being at third base. … We were looking at the overhead, and there was a potential triple play there, but I’ll take the two.”
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