MacPhail: Roberts a growing concern
I wrote earlier today about the Brian Roberts setback, which is basically an upset stomach caused by his back medication. Following the game, president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail acknowledged Roberts’ status for Opening Day is becoming a growing concern.
“You have to be concerned now,” MacPhail said. “To me, you get 10 games into Spring Training before you really start paying attention, but the clock is starting to be an issue.
“It’s getting to be something that’s on my radar screen, even though at the present time our athletic staff feels like he’s going to be ready by Opening Day. By now we have to start thinking about, ‘What if he isn’t ready?’”
When asked if the team would seek outside relief to temporarily fill the hole at second base, MacPhail didn’t rule out the option.
“We will see what’s out there,” he said. “Obviously, we have weekly calls with our pro scouts and we have to let them know what’s going on in our camp. We might have to shift their focus a little bit from what the initial menu was. And then obviously, we are going to have to start exploring more internal options as well.”
In Roberts’ place Robert Andino would figure to be the leading candidate to fill the role. Trembley has said earlier this spring that Andino is the team’s back up middle infielder.Still, Andino has struggled this spring, going 1-for-11 in four games. Other middle infielders in camp include Justin Turner, Miguel Abreu, and Michael Aubrey.