The next step for Matt Hobgood

Pitcher Matt Hobgood, the Orioles' first-round draft pick in 2009, will be seen by O's team physicians in the middle of this month at spring training in Sarasota, Fla..

At that time, the doctors then will determine what will come next for the 20-year-old right-hander. Hobgood has been rehabbing a strained rotator cuff. The examination in mid-February will determine if the rehab process has led to improvement for Hobgood's shoulder.

He has yet to begin a throwing program that pitchers participate in leading into spring training. No matter what the doctors decide in a couple of weeks, the chance that Hobgood could be ready to pitch when the minor league seasons begin in April is very unlikely.

Hobgood went 1-2, 4.73 in eight Bluefield starts in 2009 and last summer went 3-7, 4.40 in 21 starts over 94 innings with Delmarva.

In late December, Hobgood talked about his injury with MASNsports.com.

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