SARASOTA, FLA. — The Orioles have plotted out a schedule for newly signed right-hander Alex Cobb that would project him making his first major league start as early as April 9 against the Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards.
Cobb, 30, is scheduled to throw a three-inning simulated game Sunday at the Ed Smith Stadium main field in which the plan is for him to simulate an entire spring training game-day routine.
“That will start about 1 p.m,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “We’re going to try to simulate the whole day with him, too, not try to do it too early. I think it’s good for him to get up and do his normal routine for a spring training game.”
On that schedule to build his innings count, Cobb would then pitch a four-inning game March 30, then move to five innings April 4.
Depending on whether the Orioles want Cobb to reach the six-inning plateau before being considered ready for the regular season, he could make his Orioles debut his next turn April 9 against the Blue Jays. If it is determined he needs to first get to six innings, that would push his debut back to April 14 on the road in Boston.
“[Sunday] will be three innings, so you can kind of go from there,” Showalter said. “It’s a matter of whether we want to get that six-inning outing under our belt or not.”