Chris Young (baseball, pitcher)

Orioles are no strangers to pitchers signing late, but how quickly can they get Alex Cobb ready?

Orioles are no strangers to pitchers signing late, but how quickly can they get Alex Cobb ready?

The Orioles are no strangers to pitchers getting a late start in spring training thanks to the delayed free-agent signings of Ubaldo Jiménez and Yovani Gallardo. They provided blueprints for getting a pitcher who doesn't open camp with the club ready for the regular season.

But a March 20 agreement like the one the Orioles struck Tuesday with right-hander Alex Cobb — nine days before Opening Day — blasts those best-laid plans to shreds.

Cobb has likely been throwing and preparing on his own, but mthe Orioles are faced with a unique challenge where precedent, both their own and around the game, might not lend much help.

Gallardo had already thrown four bullpen...

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