It’s a little over three weeks before the 2010 season begins and Brian Roberts has still not played in an exhibition season game.
I’d like to say that the fact Roberts’ has not seen any live action this spring may not be a big deal; however, it may be turning into one.
Brian’s been recovering from a herniated disk, taking part in workouts and has been in Florida – but, now he’s flying back to Baltimore to see a back specialist at Johns Hopkins University.
Everyone seems to be towing the company line and says Roberts should be ready for the season – at least for now.
I’ve had back issues in my life, and I’m far from being a professional athlete, but as it is right now, I see Roberts perhaps being put on the disabled list to start the season.
Roberts looks like he wants to undoubtedly play; however, he’s missed quite a bit of time so far and perhaps that the second baseman may just need more rest .
If he does miss Opening Day, we might see Ty Wigginton, Robert Andino or perhaps someone like Justin Tuner play there for some time. However, the lineup -- especially at the top of the order -- will no doubt be impacted.
I’d say even if Roberts does find himself ready to go this season, he will not play in every game and find himself out of the lineup sparingly as precaution (or unless his back heals).Moving on...
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