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Hardy ready to go when eligible on Tuesday


Hardy ready to go when eligible on Tuesday

NEW YORK --- J.J. Hardy should be in the Orioles lineup on Tuesday when he’s eligible to come off the disabled list. Hardy had a sore left groin.

“Probably a go about yesterday, but he needed this period, I think. He’s got a lot of physical issues that he’s got behind him now, I hope. He’s ready to go tomorrow. I’m looking forward to getting him back,” manager Buck Showalter said.

Hardy did not go on a minor league rehab assignment, but stayed with the club instead.

“We are going to go out there and do everything I've been doing the last week or so. I don't anticipate any problems. See if [Showalter] writes my name in the lineup tomorrow,” Hardy said.

“I’m eager. I’ve been eager for a while now. So for me, this has been a frustrating couple weeks. But I’m excited to get back out there with my teammates.”

Showalter said that he’s glad the team put Hardy on the DL.

“He had some other issues that weren’t going to heal until the season’s over. I think he’s going to come back and finish strong. I hope so. You can only do that by taking that time and we felt like he would have really have some challenges physically. He needed to get them taken care of, and hopefully he did,” Showalter said.

Hardy didn’t want to dispute the decision.

“I don't want to go down that road. You never know because say I wait a day or two and went back out there and re-aggravated it, it could have been something I deal with all year,” Hardy said.

“But we did it this way. I guess we know it’s worked this way.”

The Orioles are 49-42 when Hardy plays and 16-29 when he doesn’t.

“It stinks for me because I know my teammates are going through a lot of things and they are still playing. And I get a little tweak in my groin and have to miss two weeks. It’s frustrating for me in that way,” Hardy said.

Hardy will be attending the evening session of the U.S. Open tonight. He’s gotten to go several times in recent years when the Orioles were in New York during the tournament, and yes, he’s picking Serena Williams to win the Grand Slam. 

NOTES: Outfielder Dariel Alvarez is expected to rejoin the Orioles after Frederick’s season ends today. Alvarez was sent down to the Keys because visa issues prevented him from playing In Canada.

“We’ll see what other moves we might make tomorrow,” Showalter said.

Tyler Wilson, who pitched on Sunday for Norfolk, will make at least one more start for the Tides before rejoining the Orioles. … Director of Player Development Brian Graham is with the team for the next six games as an extra coach. Pitching rehabilitation coordinator Scott McGregor is expected to be with the team this weekend. Norfolk manager Ron Johnson and pitching coach Mike Griffin aren’t available because the Tides are in the playoffs. Bowie manager Gary Kendall and pitching coach Alan Mills are also unavailable because the Baysox are also in the playoffs. … Showalter said that Paul Janish, who has often played shortstop in Hardy’s absence could play elsewhere in the infield or outfield.

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Orioles round out starting pitching rotation, finalize 4-year contract with Alex Cobb

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Orioles round out starting pitching rotation, finalize 4-year contract with Alex Cobb

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Alex Cobb's comfort and familiarity with the AL East was the deciding factor in his decision to sign with the Baltimore Orioles.

"They used the AL East and the success I've had in it to their advantage," the 30-year-old right-hander said Wednesday after finalizing a $57 million, four-year contract. "They kept challenging me with it and I love the challenge of pitching in this division and they know that over the times we talked. They did a really good job of making me feel like this is where I need to be."

Cobb gets $14 million in each of the first three seasons and $15 million in 2021, and he would earn a $500,000 bonus in each year he pitches 180 innings. Baltimore will defer $6.5 million from this year's salary and $4.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He gets $2 million of the deferred money on Nov. 30, 2022, and $1.8 million annually on Nov. 30 from 2023-32. If he doesn't pitch at least 130 innings in 2020, an additional $5.25 million of the final's year salary would get deferred, payable $1.75 million annually on Nov. 30 from 2033-35.


Cobb has a full no-trade this year, then can list 10 teams from 2019-21 that he cannot be dealt to without his consent.

He had spent his entire six-season big league career with Tampa Bay and was the last big-name starting pitcher available in a slow-moving free agent market. He joined Andrew Cashner and Chris Tillman, who were signed last month, in a revamped rotation that includes holdovers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman.

Cobb was 12-10 with a 3.66 ERA in 29 starts last season. He pitched 179 1/3 innings in his first full year back after missing nearly two seasons because of Tommy John surgery.

He had turned down the Rays' $17.4 million qualifying offer in November, and Baltimore pursued him from the start of free agency.

"They didn't stop bothering me the whole offseason," Cobb said. "They were very persistent, and I think that you notice that confidence they have in you just by the way they speak to you and the questions you ask and not questioning anything that's gone on. Everyone's got flaws that they come with and potential things you could really harp on that might not be your strong suit, but they never went down that avenue. They always told me how much they like certain aspects of what I do on and off the field, and just kept repeating how well I fit in here."


Cobb is 48-35 with a 3.50 in six big league seasons. Baltimore will lose its third-highest draft pick, currently No. 51, and the Rays get an extra selection after the first round as compensation.

Jose Mesa Jr. was designated for assignment Wednesday to clear a roster spot.

Baltimore opens on March 29 at home against Minnesota, but Cobb won't be ready to pitch then. He has agreed to be optioned to a minor league affiliate to help build up innings.

"I'm going to be pushing it as quick as I can," Cobb said. "That's going to be up to them. They've invested in me for a four-year period and as much as we know how much every game matters even early in April, we're going to have to look out for the overall future of this whole thing and whole contract and whatever they determine to be the way to protect me and my feedback from the bullpens I'm going to be throwing here in the next few days will probably determine the timeline."

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

SARASOTA, Fla. -- A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract.

The deal includes performance bonuses, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal had not yet been announced.

Tillman was 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances last year. He would be the second starter added by the Orioles in the past week after right-hander Andrew Cashner.

Tillman likely would join right-handers Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Cashner in the rotation.

The 29-year-old right-hander lives in Sarasota and had been working out at the Orioles' facility before spring training. Manager Buck Showalter watched Tillman throw and was impressed.

Tillman began last season on the disabled list with right shoulder stiffness.

"Better than he did last year at this time. I think he's got the chance to pitch well for somebody this year," Showalter said. "A lot of the challenges he had last year -- this time last year -- aren't there. Somebody's going to reap the benefits."

Tillman's is 73-55 with a 4.43 ERA in nine major league seasons, all with the Orioles. He won 16 games in both 2013 and 2016.

"He's a guy when he's healthy you can bank on him giving you 200 innings and keeping his ERA between a 3 and a 4," Gausman said. "That in the AL East is always going to be very valuable."