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.
Mets starter Jon Niese left his start Tuesday night against the Cardinals due to left knee pain.
Niese walked two and gave up an RBI single before leaving with a trainer with one out in the bottom of the first inning. He was eventually charged with three earned runs. Robert Gsellman, just up from Las Vegas, took over, making his major league debut under unexpected circumstances.
Niese, who has not pitched well at all since coming over in a trade with the Pirates, is likely to be placed on the disabled list after the game or before tomorrow’s game.
Mark Trumbo still has many chances to hit a home run tonight — it’s only been an inning or so in the Nats-Orioles game — but his weird home run streak is over.
Coming into tonight’s game, Trumbo’s last seven hits had been homers. The all-time record had been 11, set by Mark McGwire back in 2001. The last time Trumbo got a hit that wasn’t a dong was back on August 11. Later in that game, however, he hit a grand slam. After that he went 6 for his next 34, with all those safeties dingers.
But that’s over now. In the first inning tonight he drove in a run with a two-out single. Then he was thrown out trying to stretch it to two. Good job on the RBIs, Mark. Bad job on the base running. Judgment withheld on the homer streak because, really, that’s just kind of weird and cool.