O's Brian Roberts is finally doing … something

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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
report says.”

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.

Adrian Gonzalez plans to play next season

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Bob Nightengale reports that Adrian Gonzalez plans to play in 2019 and the Diamondbacks are “one of the teams who may have interest.”

Well, now that they’ve traded way Paul Goldschmidt I suppose they have an opening, though there was a report yesterday that they intend to play Jake Lamb at first base in 2019.

The Mets released Gonzalez on June 10, after he completed a 54-game tenure with a batting line of .237/.299/.373 and only six homers. No one else showed interest in the five-time All-Star after the Mets cast him off and, as such, one might have felt comfortable saying that his playing days were over. He thinks differently, however, and apparently the Dbacks are at least willing to listen. He will turn 37 in May and will almost certainly have to settle for a minor league contract, but if the man wants to play, that will not be an obstacle.