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December 13, 2010

Roberts feeling good, extremely excited for 2011

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts said today that he feels like he’s over the back issues that limited him to 59 games in 2010, and he can’t wait to ramp up his preparations for the coming season

“I’m as excited as I’ve ever been coming off a year where I didn’t get to go on the field a lot and do what I love to do,” Roberts said today in a phone interview. “To go through those struggles, that was one of the hardest years of my life, baseballwise. Every chance I get to go the gym and continue to progress, I’m excited as I’ve ever been. I’m looking forward to 2011, that's for sure.”

The Orioles’ recent acquisition of Brendan Harris in the trade with the Minnesota Twins that also returned J.J. Hardy, coupled with their re-signing of Cesar Izturis in a utility role, prompted questions about Roberts' availability for the 2011 season.

However, Roberts said today that he has “cranked up” his workouts the past couple of weeks and everything feels good.

“My back is fine,” said Roberts, who missed 3 1/2 months with a herniated disk in his back. “I basically played the last two months of the season, and I played like I normally would. I haven’t had any issues with it. If I can go out and play 60 games with it, I’m over it, as far as I know.”

Roberts did acknowledged that he was forced to delay his preparations for the season because he was still feeling the effects of a concussion that he sustained Sept. 27 when he struck himself in the helmet with his bat after a strikeout. The 33-year-old missed the final six games of the season.

Roberts said he was still feeling some side effects of the concussion, including dizziness and nausea, up until three or four weeks ago.

“It lasted a little longer than any of us anticipated,” said Roberts, who was in regular contact with Orioles doctor William Goldiner and also saw a neurosurgeon. “It was a pain in the butt for a while. I learned a lot about them, just talking to different doctors and wondering as much as I could about it. You just have to wait it out. It lasted longer than we hoped, but in the end, it was a good break to let my body recover and give myself that six weeks of recovery time.”

Roberts has stayed in Baltimore after the season and has been working out with former Orioles strength and conditioning coach Jay Shiner. However, he’s leaving for Sarasota, Fla., this weekend, where he’ll work with a trainer in Bradenton.

He applauded the club’s recent acquisitions and said he is hoping the front office will be able to add a few more pieces before it’s all said and done.

“We’ve made some good moves,” Roberts said. “I’m looking forward to getting Mark [Reynolds] and J.J. in here and kind of having a whole new look. They bring in a new and interesting dynamic to our team. Mark brings a 35-homer guy that we haven’t had here in a long time. J.J. has the potential to hit 20, 25 homers, and we haven’t had that from the shortstop position since probably the first time we signed [Miguel Tejada]. I’m excited that Izzy’s back. I love Izzy. He’s a great guy to still have on our team. He brings a lot. So far, we’re in a good spot. We’re certainly all looking forward to seeing what else takes place. We’re excited, but I don’t think we’re done. The next couple of moves will be pivotal to how far we can go.”

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Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 3:57 PM | | Comments (16)


Yeah, what's the holdup on LaRoche and Gregg? The orioles haven't even spent any money yet. Wake up and get it done.

Excited about what? A hefty paycheck with no pressure. If you stomach watching the 0's (Zeroes) play 162 deserve the money.

Glad to hear Brian's doing well. Thanks for the follow up, Jeff.

Thanks for this report - I've been wondering how BRob has been doing --- great update.

thanks for the update on Brian, It's a relief to all of us to know that he is progressing nicely and is excited about the upcoming season. Hopefully we will finalize some of the discussed moves before Christmas, and start the countdown before the pitchers and catchers report.

Perfect! Trade him now before he's hurt again with hang nail sprain or a torn ovary. Trade him to Texas for Young!

Still so funny that he concussed himself out of frustration. Seems like something Pie would do.

Alex, why did you read an article about the Orioles just to post underneath that no one should care about the Orioles.

Isn't B-Rob the longest tenured Oriole? Well, whether he is or isn't, he certainly would appear to be the "senior" player (imagine being the "old man" at 33!). From that lofty perch, it's great to hear him show enthusiasm and a positive outlook for 2011. I realize he isn't going to say "Reynolds is a KO king and useless and Hardy can't turn a DP," but he doesn't have to say anything. So, I'm excited that he's excited. Now if we can just find Luuuuuke's damn birth certificate so we don't have to extradite him to Inner Dumbovia or somewhere, we might have a decent squad this summer. Go O's!

Don't fret about Luke. He's da man. And he hits homers too!! Tells it like it is.

B-Rob: "We’re certainly all looking forward to seeing what else takes place. We’re excited, but I don’t think we’re done. The next couple of moves will be pivotal to how far we can go."

Hear that, FO? This is from Brian Roberts, your one-time golden boy.

Will there be a "next couple of moves", or will it be Return of the Warm Bodies? Sign a real-life 1st Baseman, for crying out loud. What's the hold-up?

How about a veteran starter? Any chance of that?

Why does it take baseball players, like B-Rob and Morneau, so long to come back from concussions? It takes football players a week or two on a regular basis.


Rudy - torn ovary? Now THAT would be a story!

I forgot all about BRob hitting himself in the head with a bat. But truthfully, I haven't been able to remember much of anything since Sept. 27, the day I hit myself in the head in frustration with a bat after watching Brian Roberts hit himself in the head in frustration with a bat...Jeff, did we sign Trachsel yet?

HA HA. Chris, that comment made me lol.

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