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For late-signing pitchers like Orioles' Alex Cobb, navigating season a challenge with no blueprint

For late-signing pitchers like Orioles' Alex Cobb, navigating season a challenge with no blueprint

Alex Cobb has been asked several times this season how close he is to feeling like himself again, but for the Orioles right-hander, it’s not as simple as an easy yes or no. After signing with the Orioles during the final week of spring training, Cobb’s preparation for this season had no blueprint. While everyone else in the game was nearly regular-season ready, he was just starting, and his preparation for this year carried into the seven major league starts he has made starting with his Orioles debut April 14.

A slow free-agency market left several starting pitchers unsigned well into March, and for those pitchers, they’ve been forced to work off a different calendar. And in Cobb’s...

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