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March 11, 2011

Roberts shut down today; more on cuts and Guthrie

Orioles manager Buck Showalter met with the media moments ago and said that Brian Roberts was a "no-go" today.

Since he wouldn't be included in the long trip to Kissimmee, Fla., on Saturday, Roberts, who is dealing with back spasms and hasn't played since Monday, won't be available until at least Sunday.

And that is looking like a serious stretch.

"He is not any better today," Showalter said. "I know they are talking about potentially doing some tests."

Showalter said he doesn't know what tests Roberts might undergo or when -- he should know more later today.

Some more stuff from the session with Showalter:

He made 10 cuts this morning and will make three more around lunchtime. Among those who have been cut and reassigned to minor league camp: catchers Adam Donachie and Caleb Joseph, infielder Pedro Florimon and pitcher Luis Lebron.

Jeremy Guthrie's next start after today will be March 16 in a minor league game against Boston Red Sox farmhands. That way Guthrie will stay on turn and not have to face the Tampa Bay Rays two weeks before he pitches against them for real.

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Posted by Dan Connolly at 11:38 AM | | Comments (18)



I think it may be time to start thinking about BRob potentially not starting the year. I would assume Izturis plays second in his absence, but who leads off?

Jeff Z"s reply: Probably JJ Hardy.

Ryan Adams is on a roll, wish he was starting in place of Izturis.

Hey ben s why are you so negative.I said the same thing and was told by all this do gooder's on here that I was OVER REACTING. Buck said today that he wasn't any better and they don't know what is wrong with him. After playing just 58 games last year why wouldn't you be concerned.That was 40,000,00 that got pissed right down the drain.

I'm really tired of the Brian Roberts saga.....we need to be prepared to move on at second base....he's done.

What's the name of THAT Dinosaur? It's WIMPasorus Rex!

I would love to see the young guy Ryan Adams get a shot. I do not want to see Izturis out there everyday again. Let the young guy play.


I wasn't saying Brian wasn't going to play, I was saying it's something we should start thinking about. There is still reason to be optimistic that he'll be ready to start the season and play 162 games.

b rob and back spasms balonie. this is just more of the run around we got last is time for b rob to get realistic. and the oriole brass stop being wishy washy about his condition.

Derrel i guess thats about the best way to put it. Between last year every day and this year every day it's really getting old quick

hey ben s i am just being sarcastic. This brian roberts bullcrap everyday is getting really tiresome.

Brian Roberts is done. That's great, because now Izturis is going to have a lot of playing time this season. By the way, Izturis was the worst everyday player in all of baseball in 2010.

No wonder Peter A is shy abut big $ contracts and paying so much for so little..Brian is done people and sadly are we as ticket buyers hooked into payinghis big salary for no return..

Is Roberts going to continue to lie about his injuries just like he repeatedly lied to us about never using steroids?

This is a major red flag. Combined with Lee, I have lost quite a bit of the optimism I felt at the beginning of Spring training.

Dan -- As much as I hate to write this, since I'm a big B-Rob fan, I think he needs to think seriously about gearing down his game a bit, and by that I mean avoid doing those extra effort things that threaten to cause more back trouble.

For example, instead of diving for the grounder in the hole, maybe he can go into a half-slide. Yeah, he'll lose a little range, but put less stress on his back.

Perhaps he also could eliminate the head-first dive into a bag, opting for the conventional slide instead. That's only if by doing so he can save his back from wear-and-tear.

It's better for the Orioles to have their catalyst only at 90% to 95%, yet play 140+games, then have him go full-tilt, only to lose him for two-thirds of a season again. If they're to have even the slightest glimmer of a playoff hope this year, everything will need to fall their way, and nothing is bigger in that regard than a health Brian Roberts.

I hear what you are saying, but it's not easy for a player to tone down his game. In fact, that could leave him open to more injury if he tries to hold himself back.

Go with RYAN ADAMS until he stops hitting NUFF SAID

What about a trade for Michael Young?

Jeff Z's reply: Young still has $40-plus million left on his contract and he has a no-trade clause that could block a trade to the Orioles. Rangers also are looking for a real nice return of players. Translation: Very little chance of happening.

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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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