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February 24, 2011

Roberts update; Robinson talks to team

Brian Roberts, who missed yesterday's workout and went for X-rays after waking up with neck stiffness, will not work out today, but said his neck feels better.

"I'm not going out today,'' he said, "but it's better. I'm going to get some treatment and just try to get it calmed down. Hopefully, I'll be out there tomorrow."

Also, Orioles manager Buck Showalter had Hall of Famer Frank Robinson speak to his team before they went out to the field this morning. Robinson spoke in the same clubhouse where his number is retired on a plaque along with the rest of the Orioles greats.

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Posted by Peter Schmuck at 9:20 AM | | Comments (10)


Have you heard any names of players the O's believe could bat lead off if Roberts were to go on the DL?

Sounds a lot like last year.....

Roberts is not going on the DL

Have you seen today's Wall Street Journal? They ranked the O's first in offseason moves.

His statements are contradictory. He says that it's better, but he also says that he's going to get treatment to "get it calmed down."

Does this sound like the Orioles are being cautious with another vertebrae-related injury, or are we trying to make a big deal sound like a small one? I know that I don't go to the doctor for X-Rays when I wake up in the morning with a stiff neck...

Jeff Z's reply: Everybody I've talked to doesn't seem that concerned, but there is no question that any time we're talking about Roberts, it's going to be blown up a little more because his problems last year.

I am trying not to think about Roberts just yet. Glad to hear that Frank spoke to the team.

Has there been any talk about Brooks dropping by for a visit as well?

Jeff Z's reply: Buck said that he would love that, though Brooks has had some health issues not too long ago so I'm not sure if he'd make the trade.

I have had neck spasms, and believe me they hurt and you can't play through them. But I was able to recover for the most part within a few weeks, so I'm sure with all of the attention he will get from medical the medical staff (in other words neck massages), and anti-inflamitories he will take he will be fine.

Hey, any word on what Robinson had to say. One of the all-time great leaders, as well as HoF player.
Should be a thrill for these players just to meet him.

Jeff Z's reply: He pretty much was talking about the importance of spring training, and preparing yourself for the season.

Wayne, my man, where are you on this? You must be losing your touch. Did the Warehouse slip this past you? Roberts has neck spasms, right? "Spasms" is a secretly coded an acronym for "Second-baseman / Pretends / A-OK / Soon / Mandates / Surgery." How could you not see it? And Frank Robinson talked to the team. What was his nickname? FRobby, right? Which is another secret acronym for "Forget Roberts / Bye-Bye." And Frank is actually an alien, didn't you know, sent here to clandestinely infect all the Young Guns with Martiana Elbow Pop Juice? He already has done it, to Adam Wainwright. He just got mixed up on the logos of the teams -- both birds, see? How many times in his career did you hear reporters, fans, managers talk about him "playing out of this world"? Hmmm..... Coincidence? I think not.

Roberts is a joke! Agitated by the media the other day he said "I'm sure most of you woke up with a stiff neck before". Yeah, you're right Brian but none of us take off for four days becuase of it you clown. Just like last year when your back wasn't that serious right? "this is two feet away from where the problem was last year" obviously, he's never heard of a spinal cord.

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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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