Orioles send Alex Cobb back to injured list; designate Jesus Sucre for assignment - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Orioles send Alex Cobb back to injured list; designate Jesus Sucre for assignment

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After allowing 10 home runs in losing their first two games in Minneapolis against the Twins, the Orioles made major roster moves ahead of Sunday’s game.

Alex Cobb, who allowed four home runs in four innings, including back-to-back-to-back home runs in Friday’s 6-1 loss, returns to the injured list for the third time this season.

Cobb has had continuing back issues, and this move is retroactive to April 27. He missed his scheduled Opening Day start on March 28 because of a groin injury. After pitching in the April 4 home opener, he went back on the IL with a lumbar strain, which he later said was connected to the groin injury.

In two starts since coming off the IL, Cobb has allowed seven home runs in 6 2/3 innings. On April 20, he allowed nine runs on 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings to Minnesota. After the game, he complained about the balls being too lively.

The Orioles designated their Opening Day catcher, Jesus Sucre, for assignment and optioned right-handed pitcher Jimmy Yacabonis to Triple-A Norfolk.

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They recalled catcher Austin Wynns and right-handed pitchers Branden Kline and Luis Ortiz from Norfolk.

The Orioles won three of the first four games Sucre started but since then have lost 10 of his 13 starts. Pedro Severino, who was picked up on waivers just before the season began, has impressed manager Brandon Hyde. The Orioles are 4-7 in the games he started.

Sucre did throw out four of the eight runners trying to steal against him, but he committed a league-leading three passed balls. Severino has thrown out five of the seven runners attempting to steal against him, and has two passed balls.

While the Orioles are looking for strong defense behind the plate, Sucre’s offense has been lacking. He hit just .210 with a .269 on-base percentage with three RBIs.

Severino has shown more pop than Sucre, hitting .231 with three home runs and seven RBIs. His .790 OPS is far ahead of Sucre’s .511, and is fourth on the team behind Trey Mancini (1.023), who didn’t play Sunday because of a bruised left hand, Renato Nunez (.854), and Dwight Smith Jr. (.835). He’s leading Jonathan Villar (.754).

Early in camp, Wynns looked to be a favorite to make the team, especially since Sucre reported late because of visa issues. Wynns suffered an oblique injury that cost him a month and any chance to make the team.

Wynns, who played in just six games in spring training, hit 255 with four home runs and 11 RBIs in 42 games for the Orioles in 2018. In nine games for Norfolk and Double-A Bowie, Wynns hit .333 with six RBIs.

Yacabonis has a 6.32 ERA in 10 games and has allowed 18 hits in 15 2/3 innings. He’s walked seven and struck out six.

Ortiz was scheduled to start for the Tides on Sunday in Louisville. He’ll give the Orioles some length in the bullpen, and his time with the team could be brief.

He was obtained along with Villar from Milwaukee in the Jonathan Schoop trade last July 31. Ortiz gave up seven hits in 2 1/3 innings in two games for the Orioles last September before injuring a hamstring. He’s 0-2 with a 5.87 ERA in four starts for Norfolk.

Kline is 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in seven games with Norfolk, was promoted on April 20 to serve as the 26th man in the second game of the Orioles’ doubleheader with the Twins. He allowed two runs in two innings.

Nate Karns, who is rehabbing at Bowie, could return to the Orioles soon, and Yefry Ramirez, who is scheduled to start for Norfolk at Durham on Tuesday, may also join the Orioles soon. Ramirez has a 1.50 ERA in four starts.

Wynns started in Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the Twins. He’s the 36th player the team has used this season. The Orioles used a franchise record 56 players in 2018.

14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. boss61

    April 28, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Rich, I’ve been a Wynns fan since last year, but I must say I’m surprised about Sucre. I think he has experience and handles catching duties well. Was it his bat, or the passed balls?

    • Rich Dubroff

      April 28, 2019 at 1:18 pm

      I think Wynns is regarded as better on both offense and defense, Mark.

    • Raymo

      April 28, 2019 at 1:20 pm

      I agree Boss. I liked what I saw of Sucre behind the plate, and I’m rather surprised they cut him.

  2. CalsPals

    April 28, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Catching defense yesterday was bad, will never get a call by letting a ball off your glove drill the ump, at least 3 touched the glove, at least 4 called third strikes that I saw, might have been more, two right down the middle, Cobb back injury is simple, no spine….

  3. Birdman

    April 28, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    So far, the Ubaldo signing looks like a major success compared to Cobb.

    • Raymo

      April 28, 2019 at 1:21 pm

      Ouch… but true

    • BirdsCaps

      April 28, 2019 at 1:30 pm

      I wouldn’t go that far, but the Cobb Signing has been a major disappointment. When he signed, I thought it was a great signing. So far he’s proving me wrong.

  4. BirdsCaps

    April 28, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    I thought Cobb’s back to back to back homers was him trying to be the pitchers equivalent to Davis. Also, am I the only one who thinks the rehab assignments are probably more pleasant than being part of a last place ball club? This is especially true if rehab is in Sarasota.

    • Rich Dubroff

      April 28, 2019 at 1:51 pm

      Rehab assignments are drudgery, BirdsCaps. Sarasota is great in February and March, not so great in July.

  5. Bhoffman1

    April 28, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    I love the quote on Camden Chat. Maybe the people who evaluated free agent pitchers for DD were bad and should have lost their job along time ago. We have another Ubo here in Cobb it sure looks like. For all the posters on this site who loved Sucre hustle what did I say from day one. You have to hit too. Period

  6. Jbigle1

    April 28, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Sucre had to go. He was never part of the future anyway. Wynns’ hot start at AAA made it inevitable. I’m impressed with Sevy. The two of them ought to make a solid tandem behind the plate. As for the starters, Yefry Ramirez is the most deserving starter on the 40 man to take cobb’s Slot. I don’t have high hopes for him either but Ortiz certainly hasnt earned the call and I think it’s too early for Akin. We’d also need to remove someone from the 40 man to do that with the claim of Armstrong today.

    • Rich Dubroff

      April 28, 2019 at 5:53 pm

      Sucre was removed from the 40 when he was designated, jbigle.

      • Jbigle1

        April 29, 2019 at 12:50 am

        But doesn’t the claim of Armstrong take that slot? I was under the impression the 40 man was full prior to Sucre’s DFA’ing but perhaps I’m wrong.

  7. Borg

    April 29, 2019 at 5:47 am

    It looks like the Os will break last year’s record for number of players used, probably before the All-Star break. I certainly hope Elias is beefing up the scouting department. Through no fault of his, he has been handed basically a bunch of career minor leaguers in the pitching department, unless some of the really young arms develop. They are building an interesting lineup in the field (or it will be once Rickard is designated for assignment and they get an actual major league outfielder out there), but the pitching is hard to watch. The rest of the season is certainly going to put some stress on Hyde, but he does not really have much choice other than to keep trotting arms out there in the hope that two or three might turn into competent starters at some point. The pen isn’t much better…still, there is Mancini and Villar and Nunez and others that make at least half of each inning interesting.

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