Fate of coaches to be decided soon; Berken cleared to start workouts; Roberts CT scan clear
Oriole coaches haven't heard definitive word on whether they'll be invited back for next year, but that should come by Friday. Manager Buck Showalter is flying home to Texas today.
It's impossible to know for sure what will happen and I certainly don't expect to hear it before the existing coaching staff does. However, the sense is that hitting coach Terry Crowley will return for his 17th season on the coaching staff. Again, there have been no final decisions made, but that was the overwhelming feeling among Oriole players on Sunday, along with several other members of the organization.
I still expect Showalter to keep a couple of the coaches, and then to add a couple of new ones, but we should know for sure by the end of the week.
In other Orioles' news, reliever Jason Berken, who did not pitch after Aug. 12 because of a torn labrum in his right shoulder, has been cleared to start working out and running. However, he's still going to wait about another a month before beginning his rehabilitation program. Berken is still ahead of schedule and on pace to be a full go when spring training begins in February.
Second baseman Brian Roberts, who missed the final six games while experiencing headaches, had a CT scan performed and it came out clear. Roberts admitted Sunday that the headaches were likely caused by him hitting himself with a bat in frustration following a strikeout on Sept. 27.