BALTIMORE—Starting pitcher Alex Cobb will have season-ending right hip surgery this week, Orioles general manager Mike Elias said Tuesday.
The surgery will be performed in Nashville by Dr. J.W. Thomas Byrd to correct an impingement in Cobb’s right hip.
“Some bony outgrowth is rubbing up against soft tissue,” Elias said. “We made the determination to do it. While I do think he could pitch right now, he clearly hasn’t been 100 percent, and it’s more important that he gets the condition corrected at the right time and that he’s 100 percent for next spring training.
“We do expect that this will finish his season, but we’re fully anticipating a 100 percent Alex Cobb next season in Sarasota next spring.”
Elias says that after the surgery Cobb will rehab in Sarasota. Cobb may also have a knee procedure.
Cobb pitched in just three games this season and is in his third stint on the injured list.
Designated hitter Mark Trumbo, who is at Triple-A Norfolk in the final stages of his 20-day rehab assignment, could be ready to be activated when the Orioles began a trip to Oakland and Seattle on June 17. Trumbo had right knee surgery last September.
“The rehab assignment is still ongoing,” Elias said. “The type of injury he’s coming back from is a bit of a process. We’ve been seeing some good things from him down there and we’re just going to have to complete the entire rehab assignment process before putting too much judgement on him because we know these things can have their ups and downs. The fact that he’s out there playing right now is a good thing.”
Trading deadline: Elias is in the process of signing draft picks, but he also has his eye on the July 31 trading deadline.
“It’s an ongoing thing in our business,” Elias said “We have conversations constantly. Most of the time they don’t go anywhere.
“…There’s nobody that we’re going to push out the door. We’re not looking to trade people, but we would be foolish not to entertain future value, especially for players who might not be with us next year … We’re going to be listening to stuff. We’ll see what happens, but my phone’s on and we are keeping touch with other clubs as we go, as is our job.”.
Elias says that he expects there will be interest in some of the team’s players.
“We’ve got guys that are attractive, and people ask about them all the time,” Elias said. “Some more than others … There are good players here and we want to keep them here, especially if they’re under control.”
Elias said the Orioles aren’t looking to trade first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini.
“I don’t know if it’s even arguable. He’s the best player on the team right now,” Elias said. “He’s a surefire All-Star in my eyes, great in the clubhouse, hits home runs, hits for average, you name it.
“We’re not looking to part with Trey. That said, we’re open to anything. We do have our sights set on the future a little bit. If we end up making some trade transaction with him or any player and we feel what we’re getting back is better for the organization than what we’re getting up, then we’re going to listen on it. But he’s an integral part of this team, and we hope he’s around for a while.
“It’s certainly a thought that’s crossed my mind, and again, that would be something that I think would take both parties to find it mutually beneficial, but who wouldn’t want a player like him around for the long haul.”
Elias on the draft: The Orioles signed 20 draft picks and an undrafted free agent, but none of their top four picks. Their highest pick to sign was shortstop Joey Ortiz from New Mexico State.
Elias still expects smooth negotiations with top pick Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman.
“He’s had a lot going on,” Elias said. “He’s completing his finals and then he has a slate of awards, including the Golden Spikes and Dick Howser.
“Sometimes, it’s better to let the players participate in those types of things prior to deeply engaging. Everything is going to go smoothly, is my expectation. The Stanford kids that just got knocked out, they’re actually still completing finals, too. That’s a tough school, so again I think everything’s in good shape. It’s just a matter of time for most of these guys.”