Milone lat­est arm ad­di­tion

Vet­eran left-han­der signed to mi­nors deal, in­vited to O’s camp

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By Jon Me­oli

The Ori­oles reached an agree­ment Thurs­day with vet­eran left-han­der Tommy Milone on a mi­nor-league con­tract with an in­vi­ta­tion to ma­jor-league camp, ac­cord­ing to an in­dus­try source, adding yet an­other arm to a grow­ing group of start­ing-pitch­ing can­di­dates.

Milone, 32, spent 2019 with the Seat­tle Mariners and pro­vided longer out­ings be­hind an opener while ac­count­ing for 111

in­nings with a 4.76 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. He joins Wade LeBlanc, David Hess, Rule 5 draft picks Bran­don Bai­ley and Michael Rucker, and prospects Kee­gan Akin and Dean Kre­mer as po­ten­tial ro­ta­tion can­di­dates.

Left-han­der John Means, right-han­der Alex Cobb and right-han­der Asher Wo­j­ciechowski en­tered camp with strong claims for ro­ta­tion spots.

Milone, who de­buted in 2011 with the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als and has pitched for six teams, gives the Ori­oles 36 pitch­ers in camp and 68 play­ers over­all.

MASNS­ports.com first re­ported the agree­ment.

Cobb takes the mound

Ori­oles man­ager Bran­don Hyde had a pro­duc­tive meet­ing with Cobb on Thurs­day morn­ing and liked what he saw in the vet­eran’s bullpen ses­sion later in the day, a sign that the Ori­oles’ most ex­pe­ri­enced pitcher is re­cov­er­ing well from last year’s hip surgery.

“I talked to him about it af­ter,” Hyde said. “He feels great. The real pos­i­tive sign is that I love the way his curve­ball looks.

“I think that’s some­thing he’s been work­ing on, and he threw a bunch of re­ally good ones to­day. It was a tough year for him last year, but he’s re­cov­er­ing great. Our goal is to keep him healthy all sea­son.”

Cobb, who was set to be the open­ing­day starter last year be­fore ex­pe­ri­enc­ing groin sore­ness in spring training, made just three starts in 2019 be­fore un­der­go­ing sea­son-end­ing hip surgery. He’s en­ter­ing the third sea­son of a four-year, $57 mil­lion con­tract.

That the phys­i­cal ail­ments started in spring training last sea­son won’t af­fect Cobb’s mind­set, Hyde said.

“I think he’s dealt with these things be­fore,” the man­ager said. “I don’t think it’s any­thing new to come back from an in­jury. We had our meet­ing with him this morn­ing and he’s re­al­is­tic.

“We just want to keep him healthy. Any­thing we can do to keep him healthy, we’re going to do. But he’s in a good frame of mind right now and [he] looked great to­day.”

Around the horn

Catcher Pe­dro Sev­erino hasn’t been part of work­outs the past two days as he deals with an ill­ness. Hyde said, “He’s day to day.”

A new batch of po­si­tion play­ers were at Ed Smith Sta­dium get­ting work in be­fore they’re re­quired to report this week­end, in­clud­ing new short­stop José Igle­sias, short­stop Richie Martin and out­fielder Cedric Mullins.

Hyde praised re­liever Travis Lakins, a re­cent waiver claim whom the Ori­oles saw plenty in 2019 when he was with the Bos­ton Red Sox.

TONY GU­TIER­REZ/AP

The Ori­oles signed Tommy Milone, for­merly with the Mariners, to a mi­nor-league deal.

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