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.
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.
According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.