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March 19, 2010

Roberts resumes on-field activities

Second baseman Brian Roberts is heading out to the field to resume baseball activities today, which is a good sign. He said he'll know in three or four days whether he has made enough progress to get into the exhibition lineup.

"I'm going to get out there and do some stuff,'' he said.

Earlier in the day, Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said that there had been "some improvement" after Roberts underwent an epidural injection in Baltimore on Monday. Roberts said he conferred with back specialist Dr. Lee Riley over the phone on Thursday and they agreed that he is ready to resume some baseball activities. He was not ready to say that his back is feeling better, though it must be if he's getting back on the field.

"My real test is baseball activity,'' Roberts said.

Nobody is setting any timetable for Roberts, but if he feels better in a few days, it's possible he'll be able to start playing after the team gets back from the two-day cross-state trip to Jupiter to play the Marlins and Cardinals. The schedule has been road-heavy lately, but the O's play most of their games at home over the final 10 days of camp.

Koji update: Koji Uehara said that he's still feeling his sore hamstring, but will try to play catch tomorrow. Andy MacPhail said that he's not concerned that this will be a replay of last year.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 2:42 PM | | Comments (10)
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softball question of the day...

Where does the team put the ball players up during ST? Is there a Hilton in Jupiter?

Im guessing not quite the Don Cesar, but a little nicer than digs in Major League (prison-styled twin bunk beads).

Do the Ravens trick out the Best Western during camp for the players?

Just curious, when I think of ST, I think of buses and Ramada's for some reason.

The epidurals will deaden the pain, not heal his back. This means that Robert will need to depend on painkillers before he can take the field, stand in at the plate, and run hard.
Soon...the DL.

brian roberts getting a shot in the back is just stop gap procedure my prediction is that he will be having a back operation before the season ends. as for koji,if memory serves me he was signed for two years. i would not bring him back for the 2011 seeason

"Andy MacPhail said that he's not concerned that this will be a replay of last year."

I injured my elbow eight years ago, had Tommy John surgery and haven't pitched in a competitive game since then.

Sources familiar with the O's report that Andy still isn't cornered about me.

Leonard-

Just because you have a herniated disk, doesn't mean you are a lock to have surgery.

The injections are intended to relieve pain, reduce the herniation and allow the injury to heal while improving mobility.

I had a series of three of them about 7 years ago for a mild L5-S1. I have played hockey, softball, beach vball, run a few races in the time since. I have some aches and pains primarily because I don't keep up on the workout and stretching, but no return to the severe shooting pain.

????

Does it matter-

Apparently, it does in your little world. Otherwise, you would have given up already.

I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but when Roberts is going well he gets on base maybe 40% of the time. Any other player on the club, even the weakest hitters, usually would have a OPB of .300 of better. That means Roberts gets on base not quite 4 times out of 10, and any other player at least 3 out of 10. Is that less than 1 in 10 difference really the cause of the Os stagnant offense? Does an average of less than one more base runner every two games make the difference between winning and losing? There's got to be more to it than that. Sure, we'll play better as a team when Roberts gets back, but, not wanting to be overly negative, there are other concerns that need to be addressed as well.

Big E- Roberts hits a ton of doubles. Thats why he is important to the top of lineup. Doubles and steals are distuptive and cause additional stress on the opposing pitcher.

He leads off with a double, steals third you have two shots to get him home with a fly ball. Guys at the bottom of the lineup get on, he clears the bases with a double, leaving himself still in scoring position to continue the rally.

SHAMROCK - Most players that can afford it rent condos. Some shae them to cut costs. The Orioles and other teams don't make their players stay at a team hotel. Baseball spring training is much easier and there is a lot more free time.

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