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...