O's Roberts still at least three weeks away

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brian roberts swinging.jpgOrioles second baseman Brian Roberts has been sidelined since April 9 — pretty much all season — with a strained abdominal muscle.  According to the Baltimore Sun, he “remains at least three weeks away from returning to the lineup, and that’s probably the best case scenario.”

“At this point, we just don’t really have a timetable yet,” Roberts said Sunday. “We’re continuing to do some physical therapy. I don’t know. It
could be three weeks from now, it could be three months from now.
Honestly, I don’t know.”

As of now, season-ending surgery is not an option.  But that could change.  The Orioles have started 6-18 this year without their spark plug and are buried in a star-studded American League East.  It makes no sense, then, for the O’s to rush Roberts back.  An ugly situation in Baltimore is only getting uglier.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.