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Alex Cobb's 2023 innings total was his most of the previous four full seasons, so naturally it was time for him to have another injury. It was announced after the season that Cobb needed to have surgery on the labrum in his hip to address ongoing impingement issues. That said, the Giants must not be terribly concerned as they did exercise the $10M option on Cobb's contract for the 2024 season. That issue in his hip could help explain the decline in his strikeout rate, but the fact remains all of his offerings outside of his splitter were simply more hittable in 2023 than 2022. The league hit over .300 off his breaking balls and .280 off his fastball, and quite frankly, Cobb is lucky that his ERA was not in the mid 4's range. Cobb will not be ready to start the season, so expectations should sit around 25 starts and 130 innings since his health records are getting longer than John Dalton's dossier in Roadhouse.

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Innings Pitched
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Earned Run Average
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Walks and Hits Allowed Per Inning
2024 0.00 0.00
2023 295.510.6 151.3 7 7 131 37 3.87 1.32
2022 303.510.8 149.7 7 8 151 43 3.73 1.30
3y Avg. 270.510.8 131.3 7 6 127 38 3.77 1.30

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  • Giants' Alex Cobb: Set for bullpen session

    Cobb (hip/shoulder) is expected to throw a bullpen session Tuesday in San Francisco, Shayna Rubin of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Cobb has missed the entirety of the 2024 campaign while working his way back from hip surgery as well as soreness in his pitching shoulder. The 36-year-old appears to be on the cusp of taking a substantial step forward in his recovery, and if he can string together a couple successful bullpen sessions, a rehab assignment could be on the horizon. Cobb will still likely need multiple weeks to build up his activity before returning to the major-league roster at some point in July, barring any setbacks.
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  • Giants' Alex Cobb: Clear of shoulder pain

    Cobb (hip/shoulder) said Sunday he's no longer feeling pain in his right shoulder and is "cautiously optimistic" he can throw a bullpen session during the Giants' next homestand, which begins June 10, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The veteran right-hander received a cortisone injection for his shoulder in mid-May, but what actually helped him turn a corner with his nerve discomfort was taking a nerve medication. Cobb will need significant time to build up his throwing program, and he shouldn't be expected to make his season debut until sometime in July, at least.
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  • Giants' Alex Cobb: Gets cortisone shot for shoulder

    Cobb has been given another cortisone injection to combat his injured right shoulder, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Cobb began the season on the injured list while he continued to recover from hip surgery, but it's been elbow and shoulder issues that have plagued him since. This was the second cortisone shot he's been given for his shoulder, and the hope is that it will be more effective than the first one. Cobb will be shut down for a bit and his timetable to return is open-ended.
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  • Giants' Alex Cobb: Shut down again

    Manager Bob Melvin said Saturday that Cobb (hip/shoulder) has paused his throwing program due to further complications with his right shoulder, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Cobb has now been pulled off his throwing program three times since the beginning of the season due to problems with his shoulder. An MRI of his shoulder came back negative in late April, but the Giants will likely want to take another look just to be absolutely certain the right-hander isn't dealing with some underlying issue. Melvin added that Cobb isn't close to returning following his latest shutdown, making it likely his absence extends well into June.
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  • Giants' Alex Cobb: Resumes throwing program

    Cobb (hip) has been cleared to begin a throwing program, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Cobb had to halt his throwing program last week after experiencing soreness in his pitching shoulder, but tests came back clean and he'll now try to ramp things back up following a brief shutdown period. The right-hander will be eligible for activation from the 60-day injured list in late May, but it's too soon to know whether he might have a shot to be ready at that time.
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  • Giants' Alex Cobb: MRI comes back clean

    An MRI on Cobb's right shoulder came back negative Saturday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Cobb was pulled off his throwing progression a few days ago after experiencing soreness in his shoulder, but he doesn't appear to be dealing with any structural damage. The 36-year-old veteran was moved to the 60-day injured list last Saturday as he continues to work his way back from an offseason hip procedure, and he's also battled elbow problems during his rehab process. He will be eligible to return beginning May 27, though it's unclear whether or not he will be ready to go by then.
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  • Giants' Alex Cobb: Pauses throwing program

    Cobb (hip/elbow/shoulder) has been held back from throwing for the last few days due to soreness in his right shoulder, and he is set to see a team doctor Friday night, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.comreports. Cobb was shifted to the 60-day IL on April 20 to give him more time to recover from his multiple ailments. He underwent left hip surgery in the offseason and was progressing through his rehab assignment following spring training, but he has suffered another setback with right shoulder soreness this time. Cobb's visit with the team doctor Friday night should give him and the Giants a better idea of the next steps in his rehab.
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  • Giants' Alex Cobb: Shifted to 60-day IL

    Cobb (hip/elbow/shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day injured list by the Giants on Saturday, Shayna Rubin of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The transaction frees up a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Mitch White. Cobb had been poised for a quicker-than-expected return from offseason hip surgery, but he's been slowed this month but elbow and shoulder issues. He doesn't have structural issues and has already resumed throwing, but being moved to the 60-day IL will allow Cobb a more deliberate pace after he was probably rushed a bit the first time around. The right-hander now won't be eligible to return until late May.
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  • Giants' Alex Cobb: Set to throw from flat ground

    Cobb (hip) had a clean MRI on his shoulder and will throw from flat ground Friday, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Cobb has dealt with both elbow and shoulder pain while working his way back from hip surgery. However, he's now set to resume throwing for the first time since April 1. Given his inability to ramp up consistently, Cobb will likely need several weeks before he's ready to return to a big-league mound.
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  • Giants' Alex Cobb: Dealing with cranky shoulder

    The Giants announced Thursday that Cobb (hip) is dealing with mild shoulder irritation, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Cobb is primarily recovering from left hip surgery that occurred shortly after the end of the 2023 season. During the ramp-up process, he's dealt with both elbow and shoulder issues that have slowed his progress. Cobb described his shoulder as "cranky" but noted that he doesn't expect his return timetable to be affected significantly.
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  • Giants' Alex Cobb: Pauses throwing for elbow issue

    Cobb (hip) said Friday he's been shut down from throwing for a few days due to some flexor tendon inflammation, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. It doesn't appear to be a serious concern since Cobb is expected to resume throwing Monday, but any arm issue is a notable development as he makes his way back from offseason hip surgery. The 36-year-old's return timeline will be pushed back at least a week, which likely means he won't make his season debut until sometime in May.
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  • Giants' Alex Cobb: Threw bullpen session Sunday

    Cobb (hip) continued his rehab process, throwing a bullpen session in Arizona on Sunday, Shayna Rubin of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Cobb made a five-inning rehab start Thursday and then followed it up with another throwing session a few days later. The right-hander is eligible to be activated from the 15-day injured list April 9, and while he appears to be built up, it's unclear how many exhibition outings the club wants to give Cobb to make up for missing spring training.
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  • Giants' Alex Cobb: Throws five innings Thursday

    Cobb (hip) threw five innings in a minor-league game Thursday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. It's unclear how many starts the Giants want Cobb to make while he's on a rehab assignment, but the fact he's already built up to five innings suggests he may be able to make his regular-season debut sooner than initially thought. The 36-year-old righty will be eligible to come off the injured list April 9.
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  • Giants' Alex Cobb: Moves to 15-day IL

    The Giants placed Cobb (hip) on the 15-day injured list Thursday. After undergoing left hip surgery Oct. 31, Cobb wasn't able to heal swiftly enough to earn a spot on the Giants' Opening Day roster, but he's still coming along far quicker than his initial six-month recovery timeline. Cobb threw 40 pitches in a minor-league spring training game last Friday and looks like he should be ready to make a rehab start with one of the Giants' affiliates in the near future or continue building up his pitch count at extended spring training in Arizona. He'll need at least a few outings before he's ready to handle a typical starter's workload with the Giants, but he looks like he could be a candidate to make his season debut in late April or early May.
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  • Giants' Alex Cobb: Throwing 40 pitches in minors game

    Cobb (hip) will throw 40 pitches in a minor-league game Friday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. He had been slated for his Cactus League debut Friday, but the Giants have elected to have Cobb throw in a more controlled setting instead. A stint on the injured list to begin the season is still expected for the veteran right-hander, but it's looking like he could be ready by mid-April.
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  • Giants' Alex Cobb: Making Cactus League debut Friday

    Cobb (hip) is scheduled to throw three innings during one of Friday's split-squad Cactus League games against the Cubs, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chroniclereports. The veteran right-hander struck out five in two hitless frames during a minor-league spring game Saturday and is now scheduled for his first Cactus League outing. Cobb underwent hip surgery in October and was initially expected to make his return during the middle of the summer, but he's significantly ahead of schedule in his recovery. A stint on the injured list to begin the season is still the expectation, but at this rate, Cobb could be ramped up for his season debut just a few weeks into the season.
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  • Giants' Alex Cobb: Sharp in minor-league outing

    Cobb (hip) struck out five over two hitless innings in a minor-league game Saturday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Cobb threw 18 of his 27 pitches for strikes in what was his first game appearance since he had left hip surgery last October. The veteran right-hander's next outing figures to come during Cactus League play next week. A timetable for Cobb rejoining the Giants' rotation isn't clear yet, but a return before the end of April is looking distinctly possible.
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  • Giants' Alex Cobb: Appearing in minor-league game

    Cobb (hip) will throw two innings in a minor-league game Saturday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports. The Giants had left open the possibility that Cobb would make his Cactus League debut that day, but they've elected to have him pitch in a more controlled environment instead. Cobb has made a rapid recovery from hip surgery and looks to be on track to rejoin the Giants' rotation sometime in April.
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  • Giants' Alex Cobb: Cleared for live batting practice

    Cobb (hip) will throw a live batting practice session Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Cobb continues to make good progress from last October's left hip surgery and is now expected back much sooner than initially anticipated. The Giants have not yet offered a clear timeline for Cobb's season debut, but president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi did say last weekend that the righty could be back "relatively soon into the year."
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  • Giants' Alex Cobb: May have shorter absence

    Giants GM Farhan Zaidi said Sunday that Cobb (hip) could be available "relatively soon into the year," Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. It's not exactly an explicit return timeline, but it's still a major improvement on the mid-summer return that was the previous expectation. Cobb underwent surgery on his left hip in late October, and his recovery has apparently gone better than anticipated. The 36-year-old has already resumed throwing off a mound and could soon be cleared to face live hitters.
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