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January 29, 2011

Roberts says he feels great

For all the new offensive acquisitions by the Orioles this offseason, it’s hard to argue that perhaps the biggest addition will be a healthy Brian Roberts.

The Orioles’ leadoff hitter battled back issues most of the year and then missed the last week of the season with concussion symptoms after hitting himself in the head with a bat.

Roberts said he had lingering concussion symptoms up until about Christmastime.

But now?

“I’m great. I feel as good as I have felt in the last year, year and half.”

He said he’s pretty used to the turnaround in the Orioles’ infield, but this year he is the lone returning starter.

“For the most part it is a new infield, and I am excited about it.”

He said he was probably most excited when he heard the Orioles had acquired third baseman Mark Reynolds, because he was the first of the big acquisitions and because Roberts believes the Orioles needed another home run threat in the middle of the lineup.

Regardless, he said, how well the club does depends on a lot more than the offense.

“For me, the key is still going to be our young starters, even with all these acquisitions, these young guys are going to have to pitch well for us.”

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Posted by Dan Connolly at 1:57 PM | | Comments (4)


Great to hear Roberts healthy. I think his injury is what got the O's off to such a bad start. He is the sparkplug and I can't wait to watch him double off the wall and then score on NickMacs double down the line.

No more dancing around the Orioles two or three good hitters because they got rakers throughout. No weak azz Izturis sitting in the nine hole. I project this to be the best 7 8 9 hitters the O's have had in 15 years.

We badly need to pick up the right starter. It's a crapshoot but finding that reliable above average starter could be the difference of really good year. One of the remaining guys is gonna have a good year but which one?

Roberts knows that McPhail did nothing to improve the starting pitching, and that the team will pay for zero effort in that area.
Roberts knows that Tillman & Arrietta should spend the season in AAA, but that they'll be forced to pitch at the ML level too soon.

we have to keep our fingers crossed that roberts stays healthy all year.
even though he says he feels great he still has a herniated disk. those things can get inflamed.
why the orioles didn't acquire a quality infielder backup is a good question. having cesar who never played second base as our backup is worrying. i geuss brendan harris is the other option or fox. not very encouraging.

Hope Brob stays healthy again and runs up 50 doubles. He is a stud.

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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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