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April 19, 2010

Pie months away, Roberts weeks away from return

So much for the good sentiment surrounding Sunday's win and the end of a nine-game losing streak. The Orioles learned today that outfielder Felix Pie will be out for at least three months after he tore the latissimus dorsi muscle off the bone.

Pie, whose injury was initially classified as a strained muscle in his upper back, had a magnetic resonance imaging performed today and then visited another doctor, when the diagnosis was made.

"The prognosis is just to rest, no surgery needed," said Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail. "But the probable time when he can return, we’re probably looking at three months. [The severity] did come as a surprise to me. He thinks he did it on Opening Day when he threw the runner out at the plate and then he's had periodic issues since. It is certainly disappointing from our standpoint. It is the one area where we felt like we had depth, but it’s disappointing for the kid and disappointing for us."

With Lou Montanez, Luke Scott, Nolan Reimold Nick Markakis and Adam Jones on the roster, MacPhail said that he has no plans to bring in an outfielder. Pie, meanwhile, will go to Sarasota to begin the rehab process.

Injured second baseman Brian Roberts (herniated disk in back) saw back specialist Dr. Lee Riley for the second time in a four-day span, and while he's progressing, he still has not been cleared to resume physical activities. Roberts was eligible to come off the disabled list on Saturday, but that's not going to happen.

"I think things are progressing as they had hoped," MacPhail said. "We’re probably a week or so away from [him resuming baseball activites], in the best case. I think we’re talking about a matter of weeks and not days, that’s for sure."

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 6:13 PM | | Comments (12)
        

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That's bad news. Pie had a great start (base-running blunders excepted). Unfortunately, I think Roberts will miss more time than he plays this year. I wouldn't be shocked if he went under the knife before the season is up.

OH NO!!!!!

Roberts shouldn't come back as soon as possible. The O's need him at 100% when he comes back, and there is no sense coming back early and then having to undergo surgery. Hopefully Jones will learn how to be a patient hitter being in the leadoff spot every night.

What a shame for both players; Roberts as he's such a catalyst and leader with his bat and for Pie as he just seemed to be realizing his potential. Fortunately he's young and hopefully will maintain his spirits. Let's hope some of Andy's minor league stocking will pay off. Boy it was nice to win one. We're only 2 behind the Red Sox who are having major issues at the plate.

Not to be a gloomy gus, but I fear that Roberts may have seen the end of his playing days. Hopefully the guys down in the minors step up to this opportunity. Pie, he's young enough to bounce back (pun intended). While Roberts isn't old a back problem like this could end the career.

Man, when it rains it pours huh? 2 weeks into the season and 3 of the guys who started opening day are out hurt and at least two of them will be for some time.
Pie seems as fragile as glass, and BRob's back injury had me worried all spring, despite the happy talk from the team.
Looks like we're stuck with Wiggy at second for a good while, at least he's hitting. Thank god the Sox are doing so poorly, misery loves company. What a season, only 2 weeks old and it's one to remember already. Ugh.

No. With Cal did we win? Nothing but the number of games played.

Now they have the excuses they needed.

I remember when the orioles were the best team in baseball between 1969 and 1971 and then were real good for a while after that too. What the hell happened?

While we languish in mediocrity with Dave Trembley at the helm, MacPhail in denial and Angelos working hard to keep the status quo, the Yankees, Red Sox, Rays and Blue Jays move farther beyond our horizon. A year away? That's a joke. This team is YEARS away. We'll get no closer until Angelos is out.

Is it me, or do the O's have an inordinate amount of serious injuries. Should we be taking a look at the team's conditioning program or the player's commitment to it?

Fredo:

My theory on your comment is that baseball players have tried to become athletes not baseball players. I think with the high salaries players don't have to work in the off season so they over train and workout too much.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

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