FORT MYERS, FLA. — Right-hander Alex Cobb is scheduled to make his 2019 exhibition debut against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday in the home half of a split-squad doubleheader. The Orioles play the New York Yankees in the second game at Legends Field.
Manager Brandon Hyde has taken it slow with Cobb, fellow veteran starter Andrew Cashner and Dylan Bundy, based on conversations with both pitchers over the past 2½ weeks.
“We talked to them about how much rest they want … the amount of days in between, especially early on, then we’ll kind of get them in their five-day rotation as we go along,’’ Hyde said. “All three of those guys are on a little bit different schedules from a rest standpoint.
“Cobb’s been around for a long time, so has Cash. So they kind of known what they know what they needed, and we kind of worked with them on proper rest.”
Cashner threw Wednesday and will throw one more time before he shows up in a game.
Sucre and Infante updates
Hyde has been asked almost daily on the status of catcher Jesús Sucre and pitcher Gregory Infante, both of whom had been stuck in Venezuela. The Orioles manager generally has not had much new information.
So, his update Wednesday was really an update. Sucre is getting close to acquiring his work visa. Infante, who has been isolated with a serious illness, has finally arrived in Miami and is under the care of Orioles-affiliated doctors.
“With Sucre, I think it’s a paperwork issue now,’’ Hyde said. “But it sounds like it’s all progressing well and hopefully he’ll be here soon. Infante got to Miami. He is seeing our doctors in Miami and we’re waiting to get clearance on him and see how he checks out with the doctors here in the states.”
First roster cuts?
The Orioles might make some roster cuts in the next week or so. They have the first of three split-squad situations Friday, so they’ll need to have a lot of players available.
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“Definitely past the split squad,’’ Hyde said. “One, you’ve got to have numbers for the split squad, and two, I want to give these guys an ample opportunity to get at-bats and get a couple appearances under their belt before we start getting our numbers down, but that’s coming up pretty soon.”