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Orioles notes: O's deal Liranzo and Crichton to Dodgers, Diamondbacks, respectively

The Orioles dealt a pair of recently designated relievers Monday, trading right-handed reliever Jesus Liranzo to the Los Angeles Dodgers and moving right-hander Stefan Crichton in a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Both players were designated for assignment on Opening Day on Thursday to make from for four nonroster players on the 40-man organizational roster.

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The Orioles received right-hander Luis Ysla from the Dodgers for Liranzo, and they will receive a player to be named or cash considerations for Crichton.

Ysla, who will report to Double-A Bowie, spent last season at the Double-A level pitching in the Boston Red Sox and Dodgers organizations. The 25-year-old compiled a 5.28 ERA in 36 relief appearances over 58 innings.

Liranzo was a big to be designated. A hard-throwing right-hander who struggled with his command, he had a 4.85 ERA in 65 innings at Bowie.

Crichton made a rapid ascent from minor league camp last spring to close out Grapefruit League games. He made eight major league relief appearances for the Orioles, with an 8.03 ERA over 12 1/3 1.3 innings. He had a 3.02 ERA in 47 2/3 relief innings at Triple-A Norfolk.

Cobb update

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said right-hander Alex Cobb had a productive workday Monday and is still on target to pitch five simulated innings in Sarasota, Fla., on Wednesday.

That could be Cobb’s final outing before he joins the Orioles starting rotation — the team has wavered on whether he needs to build to five or six innings before he’s deemed ready — but Showalter on Monday left open the possibility of Cobb’s first major league start coming as early as next Monday.

“I don’t want to go there yet,” Showalter said. “Let’s see how the day after tomorrow goes. I talked to Alex today and he felt really good.”

If Cobb does need a six-inning outing, it now appears it would be in a simulated environment and not in a game. Cobb cannot use major league baseballs at Bowie — where he must be on the roster once the Baysox’s season opens Thursday — despite the Eastern League saying over the weekend that he could. There was a miscommunication within the Eastern League, which believed Cobb was on a rehabilitation assignment. Players can’t use major league baseballs unless they are on a rehab assignment.

Injury update

Mark Trumbo (quadriceps) took live batting practice for the first time Monday and is expected to get into extended spring training games by the end of the week.

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