You may have forgotten that the Orioles have one of the top second basemen in the league. OK, maybe not. But it sure does seem like Brian Roberts has been sidelined for an eternity with back and lat muscle issues.
According to MLB.com’s Noah Rosentstein, Roberts has finally begun participating in light baseball activities. What does that entail, exactly? We don’t know. But neither does O’s interim manager Juan Samuel and he’s satisfied nonetheless:
“What that means, there’s no description to it, but he just added very
light [baseball activities],” Samuel said Saturday. “That’s what my
Roberts is probably jogging lightly, hitting off a tee, and possibly even fielding some slow-rollers. He has been on the disabled list since the first week of the regular season and the hope is that he will return during the month of July. Of course, the Orioles are already 24 games back in the American League East with a record of 22-52.
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.