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July 21, 2010

Roberts drops by the Yards; activation pending? (updated)

While the Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays were playing Wednesday afternoon, injured second baseman Brian Roberts briefly stopped into the home clubhouse and dropped off a shipment of bats.

He had been at Double-A Bowie, which had a morning game. Roberts had an RBI single in four at-bats Wednesday and is 6-for-14 (.429 average) in three games with the Baysox.

Will he play any more games there?

Well, the fact that he dropped off some bats of his is an indication he might not. He also said this week that he thought he would be ready after about 15 at-bats. He has had 14.

Roberts was supposed to have Thursday off and then play Friday and Saturday at Bowie. But, knowing Roberts, he wants to be back playing in the big leagues and will push toward that goal.

One thing we know for sure is that he won't be activated Thursday.

But it is possible he could be activated Friday.

When asked about that speculation, one Orioles official said it was “premature.”

Posted by Dan Connolly at 5:30 PM | | Comments (15)
        

Comments

with b rob cmming off the dl. who do we want to speculate that will get the taxi ride back to norgolk will it be scott more

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Jeff Z's reply: That would be my guess unless the Orioles are close to making a trade that would open a spot. They'll have to DFA Moore though because he's out of options.

Dan, do you know what's clinically wrong with Roberts' back? it sounds awfully serious if it involves disc trouble, and I'm just wondering what the hell the Orioles are thinking by bringing him back for an essentially lost season?

Dan, nothing really to do with this post. However, what is up with Markakis? I know the Oriole organization places no value on plate discipline or walks. That is why we are last in team walks and that is why the organization keeps bringing in free swingers like Tejada and Adam Jones. However, Markakis has for most of his career, and certainly in the first half of this season, shown reasonably good walk totals. However, since July 1 he has worked only 3 walks and 0 in the last 10 games. Has word come down from Samuel, Crowley or Macphail that Markakis should be "more aggressive" and stop being patient at the plate? Given the apparent organization philosophy against the value of walks I'm curious what is going on.

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Jeff Z's reply: Markakis is clearly in a rut recently where he is not seeing the ball that well and he is expanding his zone too much. He tends to get in about two of these a year.

If there was ever any doubt who was going down when Roberts gets activated, Scott Moore sealed his fate today with that idiotic base running mistake. Although the guy was a first round draft pick, he can get in line with Lou Montanez as a failed one.

Why was he carrying a shipment of bats? That's a good way to hurt your back.

They wouldn't have to DFA Moore unless they're removing him from the 40-man. He's already used an option this year since he started the season in the minors, so removing him from the 25-man roster and sending him back to Norfolk will be no problem.

I know Roberts really wants to get back and we all want to see him back, but I think it may be smart to keep him off the artificial turf in Toronto for his return.... wait for the next series in my opinion.

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Jeff Z's reply: Not true. Moore signed a minor league deal with the club with a spring training invite. So he was not on the 40-man and thus, they didn't need to option him. They would have to designated him for assignment.

I know moore made a huge base running error but I like his bench presence and versatility. I hope Andy is close enough to make a deal to open a spot. I want to see roberts back soon too but I won't be too surprised if the leave him hit at bowie through the weekend.. He could have been assuring his bats get on the road trip.. I know they said they don't want to activate him on the turf..

There are going to be some interesting calls next week when roberts and wieters come back unless Andy is close to some deals to open space..

I went to yesterday morning's Bowie vs. Binghamton game and Roberts did not run at all. It was a light jog everytime, even on his one hit. His 2 groundouts and shallow flyout there was no hustle whatsoever. I was wondering if the club told him to take it easy and if so what was the point in that? He's either ready or he's not. In fairness this was the only game I saw during his Bowie assignment. It was not a good impression to leave his Bowie teammates if he is able to run. He had an easy day in the field, only one assist on an easy groundout that I recall.

I would hate to lose Moore, I think his upside is higher than Lugo's. They are keeping Lugo around so that he can backup SS, but wasn't Moore supposed to play SS every day in Norfolk? He must be able to play there in a pinch, or slide Tejada over and Moore or Wigginton at third.

Maybe this will speed up the trade process, if Wiggy or Tejada get traded, that saves Morr'e roster spot.

I wouldn't DFA Scott Moore, but I would DFA Julio Lugo. Moore is more versatile in the field and has a little more pop in his bat than Lugo. I have no need for Lugo and he doesn't cost the Orioles much if they do cut him.

Its insane to bring Roberts back until they move Wigginton, Tejada, or both.

McPhail is quite possible brain damaged. Is he trying to save his already ruined family name by pulling off some shrewd deadline deals? ain't gonna happen. Won't even find someone to take Tejada's or Millwood's salaries at this point. He waited way too long on Millwood. what a surprise.

Now these guys are just taking playing time from people who need to be evaluated/ developed.

One thing you have to remember is that they can only keep B-Rob in the minors for a short period of time on a rehab assignment (10 days if I'm not mistaken), so they have to do something soon.

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Jeff Z's reply: It's 20 days for position players so they have a little time.

Jeff,

Have you noticed that Nick's stance is VERY open, much more than I have ever seen previously. Has The Crow recommended that to get out of the slump, or is that contributing to continued woes. It's pretty easy to compare videos.

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Jeff Z's reply: Yes, I've noticed and it seems that his stance has gotten more and more open as the season has gone on. It also seems to me that he's experimented with about four different stances this year, and I don't remember him doing as much tinkering in the past.

Roger that, Jeff. Thanks for clearing that up for me. This roster business can give one quite a headache, that's for sure. I honestly do not think Moore would get claimed on waivers, but what do I know about the plans of 29 other teams.

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Jeff Z's reply: I would be surprised if he was claimed as well.

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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.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.


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