Roberts on his recovery
Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts has looked better, particularly the last few days, as he continues to progress toward getting into a spring game. There’s no timetable for that, but Roberts –who has started to watch parts of the team’s games in the dugout — said on Wednesday that he’s feeling increasingly better and hasn’t had to take any days off of working out.
Here’s the full interview below…
[better in the cage?] I mean, yeah, anytime you at least get a couple weeks under your belt you start to feel a little better than nine months of not being able to hold a bat. It wasn’t so good at first, but it gets better and better. Repetition in general, everyone comes down to spring training needing repetition.
I haven’t had to take any days off, which is good. [I’m] starting to continue to do a little more, starting to go out and watch some games and watch some innings and get in atmospheres and environments that I need to reacclimate to a little bit more.
[hard to watch?] Sure. Yeah, I mean I feel like I’ve been watching for a long time. And obviously our desire is to go on the field playing. There’s nothing more I want to do than be on the field playing. But unfortunately that’s where we are right now and you just try to make the best of it even though it’s not exactly where you want to be. I have to realize that in this grand scheme of things I’m a lot better than I was five months ago. It’s easy to let that get lost in the shuffle.
[on watching the Orioles' games] I’ve only been out there once, I’m going to go back out there again today. First day, I watched a couple innings and it was good. Everything did look a little fast, for sure. But even on a day off when you watch a game, everything looks a lot faster than when you are playing. So, it was good to get out there and kind of see some game speed stuff, track the ball and be in that sort of environment again.
[on every good day giving him hope of playing this season] Sure, yeah. If I was still sitting on the sidelines id be a lot less hopeful. My doctor continues to tell me that there’s very good reason for hope. So I don’t see at this point, any reason why I won’t. It’s just a matter of when.
[where will u be in two weeks?] I really haven’t even sat down and discussed it with anybody at this point. At some point I will, but we haven’t talked about it at all yet.