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.