Roberts here, worked out at Ed Smith Stadium complex

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts worked out at the team’s Spring Training Complex in Sarasota on Monday afternoon, taking swings in the covered batting cages and throwing with shortstop J.J. Hardy.

Roberts has also been doing tee work and short toss hitting drills, according to manager Buck Showalter, who said the infielder has also been getting work done at the team’s Minor League facility at Twin Lakes Park. Roberts is recovering from a concussion and has been sidelined for most of the past two seasons with his recovery and rehab updates sporadic at best.

Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette did say Monday that the second baseman is on a “physical progression” although he acknowledged that the organization still doesn’t know if Roberts will have the tolerance and capability to do certain things.

A dynamic leadoff hitter, a healthy Roberts would afford the Orioles a chance to keep Robert Andino as super-utility player, strengthening the bench depth and versatility for Showalter. Andino is coming off a career season and is considered the primary backup to Roberts, who appeared in just 39 games in 2011.

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the orioles need to scout their own region more… i mean tiexiera is from anne arundel county, brett cecil is from bmore, gavin floyd, their are millions of people in this market… most of them would bleed orange and black if you would give them a chance. no disrespect to international players, but everyone loves the hometown hero more… i mean look… Cal Ripken & son. look at what family can do for a team organization. got to get um while their young.

The Orioles would indeed get a big lift from the return of Brian Roberts and I hope and pray that he can return this season. Good luck Brian. I love the attitude of Robert Andino too when he says that he will do anything he can – even give Matt Wieters a break. If we have nothing else on this team, it sure sounds like we have plenty of heart and spirit.

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