Dallas Braden suffers setback in form of shoulder strain

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A’s left-hander Dallas Braden underwent surgery nearly 11 months ago to repair a torn anterior capsule in his throwing shoulder. And it’s now a certainty that his recovery will take over a year.

According to Carl Steward of the San Jose Mercury News, Braden suffered a shoulder strain while playing catch last week at the A’s spring training complex and has been shut down indefinitely.

The 28-year-old was aiming to return sometime in early May, but he’ll likely have to restart his throwing program if the strain was at all severe, which could push his return timetable beyond the All-Star break.

Braden has posted a 3.36 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in his past 55 major league starts. He threw a perfect game against the Rays on May 9, 2010 and finished that season with the best numbers of his career.

Report: Orioles interested in Alex Cobb

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MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the Orioles have interest in free agent right-hander Alex Cobb, who rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Rays earlier this week. Cobb was most recently linked to the Cubs, who reportedly reached out to his agent during the GM Meetings and garnered mutual interest from the righty, but nothing appears to be set in stone yet.

Cobb, 30, completed his sixth season with the Rays in 2017. He went 12-10 in 29 starts and turned in a respectable 3.66 ERA, 6.4 SO/9 and career-best 2.2 BB/9 in 179 1/3 innings. Despite losing a couple of weeks to turf toe, he remained healthy for most of the year and showed no signs of the elbow issues that robbed him of the majority of his 2015-2016 campaigns.

It’s still fairly early for any deals to come to fruition, but Morosi notes that the Orioles seem to be focused on bulking up their rotation during the first few months of the offseason. It’ll take more than a healthy Alex Cobb to right that ship, however: Orioles’ starters earned a collective 5.70 ERA and 5.5 fWAR in 2017, good for worst and fourth-worst marks in the league, respectively. Behind Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy (and perhaps Gabriel Ynoa/Miguel Castro), they still need three viable starters to compete in 2018. Whether or not they can afford to spring for a single starter with Cobb’s price tag (four years, $48 million, per MLB Trade Rumors) remains to be seen.