Orioles manager Buck Showalter provided good news Tuesday on the status of shortstop J.J. Hardy, who had to be placed on the 15-day disabled list before Opening Day because of a left shoulder strain.
Hardy will take dry swings on Wednesday and then progress to live batting practice. If that all goes well, MASN’s Roch Kubatko says he should be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment early next week with the High-A Frederick Keys.
Ryan Flaherty and Everth Cabrera are filling in at shortstop for the Orioles in the early going. Flaherty slugged a solo home run in Monday’s opener.
Alex Cobb is beginning to make steady progress in his rehabilitation from right forearm tendinitis.
According to Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the 27-year-old starting pitcher played an intensive game of catch on Tuesday afternoon at Tropicana Field and later called it his “best day yet.”
Cobb still hasn’t been cleared to throw off a mound, but that should come soon. He is aiming to join the Rays’ starting rotation before the end of April and would appear to be on track to reach that goal.
Cobb posted a superb 2.87 ERA, 1.136 WHIP, and 149/47 K/BB ratio over 166 1/3 innings last season.
Watch as Buster Posey takes Rubby De La Rosa deep Tuesday for his first home run of 2015 …
Posey went 0-for-4 in Monday’s season-opener, though he did tally his first RBI of the year on a sacrifice fly.
As first reported by Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, the Giants have signed veteran right-hander Kevin Correia to a minor league contract.
He will join the rotation at Triple-A Sacramento.
Correia was released by the Mariners at the end of spring training after posting a 16.88 ERA in three Cactus League appearances. The 34-year-old will act as orgnizational rotation depth for the Giants, who badly need it now that Matt Cain is out indefinitely with another right elbow problem and Jake Peavy is sidelined with a back injury. Tim Hudson is no spring chicken either, and Tim Lincecum’s consistency issues are well-chronicled.
Correia posted an ugly 5.44 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 79/40 K/BB ratio in 154 innings last season between the Twins and Dodgers. He began his career with San Francisco back in 2003 and spent six full seasons there.
Cody Ross, released by the Diamondbacks on Saturday, has already found a new home …
Rosenthal says the A’s only have to pay Ross a pro-rated MLB-minimum salary. Arizona will cover nearly all of the money still remaining on his contract — an $8.5 million salary for 2015 and $1 million buyout for 2016.
Ross batted just .268/.322/.378 over 570 plate appearances in his two years with the Diamondbacks.
The 34-year-old is going to function as a utility outfielder and bench bat for Oakland.