Brian Roberts was in Baltimore yesterday to meet with manager Buck Showalter and talk to reporters, and the Orioles second baseman revealed that he’s still experiencing concussion symptoms three weeks after suffering a concussion sliding head-first into first base on May 16.
Roberts was told during a recent doctor visit that he’s showing some improvement, but his return timetable has repeatedly been pushed back and now Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that he will “be held back from doing baseball activities for at least another two weeks.”
Last season Justin Morneau of the Twins and Jason Bay of the Mets learned that return timetables for concussions don’t mean much of anything until the symptoms are gone, as neither Morneau nor Bay played again after suffering concussions in July and both have struggled this season. Roberts will hopefully be able to avoid that same fate, but it looks like he’ll end up missing at least six weeks and possibly much longer.
The Rockies are looking for a “front-of-rotation-type pitcher,” per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. He notes that the club is also in on free agent slugger Mark Trumbo.
Starting pitching has not been the Rockies’ strong suit in recent years. The club had baseball’s fifth-worst rotation ERA in baseball this past season at 4.79. It’s tough to entice big-name free agent pitchers to pitch given how their stats are adversely affected by the hitter-friendly nature of Coors Field. Trading would be one way around that.
Though Chris Sale is off the board, the Rockies could still try to pry Chris Archer from the Rays or Jose Quintana from the White Sox.
As presently constructed, the Rockies’ rotation includes Chad Bettis, Tyler Chatwood, Jon Gray, Tyler Anderson, and German Marquez.
SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo passes along an interesting piece of information. New Yankees OF/DH Matt Holliday has a no-trade clause in his contract that allows him to block a trade to exactly one team: the Athletics.
Holliday was briefly a member of the A’s back in 2009. He had a decent two months in Oakland, so it isn’t as if he feels he couldn’t produce there. However, the A’s do play their home games at Oakland Alameda Coliseum, which is the fifth-oldest stadium in baseball, having opened in 1966. You may recall that the Coliseum has had some issues recently. Three years ago, the coaches’ bathroom overflowed with sewage and sewage also came out of faucets. Earlier this year, there were more plumbing issues as the Yankees’ clubhouse toilet was backed up and water overflowed into the dugout. It’s understandable why Holliday might not want to play half his games there.