Alex Cobb no longer is the starter for the opener of today’s doubleheader against the Yankees at Camden Yards. He’s on the injured list.
No explanation has been provided. Manager Brandon Hyde is going to speak with the media later this afternoon on his Zoom conference call and will announce the substitute starter.
The Orioles made a flurry of moves today.
Outfielder Mason Williams cleared waivers and was outrighted to the alternate site, and pitching prospect Zac Lowther has been added to the player pool. He’s reporting to Prince George’s Stadium for workouts.
The Orioles have 38 players on the 40-man roster and 58 players on their 60-man pool list.
Kline, 28, has been throwing at the alternate site. The Frederick native will be making his 2020 debut if he gets into a game.
Jorge López is scheduled to start Game 2 for the Orioles.
Right-hander Deivi García, the Yankees’ No. 3 prospect per Baseball America and MLB Pipeline, is starting the first game of the doubleheader. The Yanks’ starter for the nightcap is listed as TBD.
Cobb made it past the trade deadline without changing teams. He’s 1-3 with a 4.33 ERA and 1.330 WHIP in seven starts. He’s 7-4 with a 2.92 ERA and 1.009 WHIP in 18 career games (17 starts) against the Yankees.
Health hasn’t been an issue for Cobb this summer after undergoing hip and knee surgeries in 2019 and appearing in only three games.
Gary Sánchez was 4-for-11 with two home runs against Cobb, but he’s in a 3-for-27 slump in his last 10 games.
Gleyber Torres was 3-for-6 with a double and two home runs against Cobb, but he’s on the injured list. Torres could return Sunday from hamstring and quadriceps injuries.
Giancarlo Stanton also is on the injured list with a strained hamstring.
Infielder Hanser Alberto, who missed the two-game series with a sore knee, doesn’t know whether he’s going to be in the Orioles lineup today.
Alberto spoke with the media earlier on a Zoom conference call and said he didn’t realize that he injured the knee Monday in Buffalo until walking back to the bench after his sacrifice bunt in the 10th inning.
“To be honest, when it happened, I don’t know where that came from because I don’t feel nothing,” he said. “When I hit the bag, sometimes you feel like a stretch or something, but I didn’t feel nothing. It was normal. I was talking to Vlad (Guerrero) Jr. Then when I headed to the dugout I started feeling really bad, like I can’t walk. And I was really scared. To be honest I, cried when I got to the trainers’ room because I never feel that pain before and that scared me a lot. But we did the MRI and X-rays and everything and it showed just a little inflammation. That was good, that was a new breath for me, and I feel pretty good right now.”
Alberto said the knee is “a lot better.”
“I feel pretty good right now, so hopefully we’ll see today. Maybe tomorrow. I don’t know. Got to check with the trainers, do some agility, see how I feel. But right now I feel pretty good and I’ll have to run and do some agility on the field and see where I am right now.”
The Yankees swept a two-game series on July 29-30 during the schedule reshuffling after the postponements against the Marlins. They’ve won 18 games in a row against the Orioles and the last 17 in Baltimore.
Aaron Judge hit a three-run homer off Cole Sulser in the ninth inning on July 30 to give New York an 8-6 victory, but he returned to the IL with a calf injury.
Garcia made his major league debut in Game 2 of Sunday’s doubleheader against the Mets and allowed one run in six innings, with no walks and six strikeouts.
Keegan Akin and Gerrit Cole are listed as Saturday’s starters. Masahiro Tanaka starts Sunday for the Yankees, but the Orioles are TBD.
The Orioles are joining the rest of Major League Baseball in recognizing Childhood Cancer Awareness Day on Saturday. Players and coaches will wear gold chest decals and the bases will have gold jewels to raise awareness for childhood cancer. Childhood cancer awareness graphics will be digitally displayed on the warehouse through the MASN broadcast for fans at home.
As part of the pregame festivities, the Orioles will welcome Baltimore native Andrew Lowman, a 7-year-old patient from Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital, to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Pitcher David Hess hosted a virtual meet-and-greet with pediatric cancer patients from Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital.