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Alex Cobb to undergo season-ending hip surgery

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MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports that Orioles starter Alex Cobb will undergo season-ending surgery on his right hip later this week. Cobb hasn’t pitched since late April due to a lumbar strain. Kubatko notes that the procedure will correct a ffemoroacetabular impingement, which GM Mike Elias said is “basically some boney outgrowth that’s rubbing up against some soft tissue.”

Cobb, 31, made only three starts for the Orioles this season, allowing 15 earned runs on 21 hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings. He is under contract for two more seasons, earning $14 million in 2020 and $15 million in 2021.

Cobb will rehab in Sarasota after undergoing surgery. The Orioles expect him to be ready for spring training next year.

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

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The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.

Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.

Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.