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June 8, 2010

More bad news on Roberts, other O's injury updates, no rehab for Simon

Injured second baseman Brian Roberts (herniated disk) will undergo more testing on his back over the next couple of days before the club determines the severity of his latest setback. Until then, he'll be shut down from baseball activities.

Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail wanted to wait until the further testing gets done before commenting on how big of a setback this is, but he did acknowledge that the "additional testing is not a good sign."

He also said the team believes that Roberts' latest back problem isn't related to the injury that has kept him out since April.

Asked if season-ending surgery is becoming more of an option, MacPhail said, "No one has uttered that word to me."

Injured closer Michael Gonzalez (left shoulder strain) allowed one hit over one scoreless inning in an extended spring training game today. His velocity was clocked in the mid 80's. MacPhail said that he'll throw to hitters at least once more down in Sarasota before going on a rehab assignment.

Alfredo Simon (left hamstring strain) could return to the club before the end of this home stand. MacPhail said that Simon will not need a rehab assignment at one of the club's affiliates.

Corey Patterson (tweaked groin) is out of the lineup again today, but he's hoping to return by Wednesday or Thursday. I have my money on Thursday with lefty CC Sabathia pitching for the Yankees tomorrow.

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 4:17 PM | | Comments (7)


What a surprise? Another player signing a long term contract and then coming up injured. Unfortunately, B-rob is another one to take advantage of the O's. There is a very long list which always keep growing. It's disappointing because he's always hyped as role model ('roids and all).

My opinion:

Roberts - stop the agony....shut him down...get him to Hopkins for his disc...and then he can fully recover before next spring...this season is not worth wishing and hoping....

Gonzalez - wasn't he suppose to pitch in the low 90s....and his pitches didn't show much movement....maybe he can change his style like Zito did - develop some off speed pitches and show he has control over them....but that points to 2011, not this year. Please don't punish him or us by bringing him back this year. The fans already have a very negative perception of him....why just reinforce it....let him come to spring training and earn a then, the fans will again be like Charlie Brown ready to kick the football that Lucy is holding....

Simon - hope they are correct and he can return....he showed some promise, but needs more experience....and this year is a good year to "practice."

Patterson - tweaked groins need time....why not wait longer to make sure....make it worse and he could be done for the's not as if we are fighting for a playoff berth.

I would hope MacPhail is not making himself believe this team is going to end up any other place than last. If he is, get him some mental health help....that's a dangerous level of denial.

Idiots. This back problem is NOT connected to Roberts' earlier problem??? Anyone who has ever had a back problem knows for a fact that when you're hurting you compensate your posture, your walking, running etc.

This causes other ailments in the back. They should have shut him down day 1 and genuinely addressed the health issue.

I am truly concerned about MacPhail's boneheaded moves: This situation with Roberts, expecting him to heal somehow miraculously compared to the rest of us with a back ailment; the situation with requiring Trembley to miraculously change his entire demeanor so as to be successful as a manager this year; and expecting Gonzalez and Atkins to somehow miraculously play better simply by donning an Orioles' uniform.

Idiots all.

Why has no one demanded McPhail's give a name to "Roberts's latest back problem?" Pulled muscle, spinal stenosis, sunburn, broken back . . . The doctors aren't writing "latest problem" on Roberts's charts, they're using a medical term. Why can't anyone say what it is? Fidel Castro's attendants are being more forthright about his health than the Orioles are about Roberts's.

I wouldn't blame Roberts if he just wants to sit this year out.

Quit blaming Macphail and Roberts for trying things. I have to admit I almost fell into that trap. Nobody undergoes serious surgery without exhausting all other means first, and from what I know all people aren't helped by surgery after having it, it can't be undone.. I pray Brian can come back this year or next and still play to his level.. It was sure good to see Jones hit that HR not that it helped us, but he needs to start hitting those outside pitches that way and he has the power to hit it out the opposite field like Scott when he tries.. I agree if they trade Scott, Wigginton, Millwood, in July but only if you get some real prospects or some you can trade for a slugging 1B like fielder and give him a contract extension, even if we failed to resign him we would get two more picks next year. But I believe we would have a better chance of signing him if he already felt wanted and comfortable playing here.. His presence would show up an immediate impact on the top of the lineup in protection.. I would like to keep Tejada unless we got a real prize because Bell looks like he could use more time at AAA.. If Patterson continues struggling we might need to bring Angle up and hit him leadoff.. Simon should help if he comes back healthy..

"Michael Gonzalez ..... velocity was clocked in the mid 80's."

Does he have a gravity sinker to go along with the overwhelming slow fast ball?

This is not going to work for a closer in this league, maybe in some washed up player's league but definitely not in the MLB.

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