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Roberts on his injury

Second baseman Brian Roberts just held court with the media. I’ll have a full story up on, but here’s some of the highlights..

[on how he’s feeling:]
“Much better, quite a bit better. I saw the doctor today and I got good encouraging news so I’ll start to try and progress a little bit.”

[on the MRI results]
“There was nothing new or anything. We’ll let the inflammation or whatever was causing the discomfort calm down and we’ll move on.”

[when did this start]
“I started having some neck discomfort in January and it just never really went away. Then, I had some spasms in my back last Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, I guess. With those two things combined, we decided to kind of see what was going on.”

[after last year, did you think here we go again?]
“Well sure, that’s probably normal to have some of those feelings. But I just tried to stay positive. I didn’t think that there was anything crazy wrong, but there was enough going on that needed to get taken care of.”

[on if this is as bad as last year]
“No, no, no, no, no. Last year was 100 times worse. This is nothing like last year.”

“It has nothing to do with last year. I don’t think that I have any reason to think that this will be [there] the rest of my life. He said that it looked fairly similar to everybody elses. It’s just one of those things, I guess.”

[so totally unrelated to herniated disk?]
 “Yes. Two different areas.”

[on his timetable]
“It’s just going to be a progression starting today. We’re not going to necessarily put days on it just because of you guys. But certainly, my goal and my hope is to still play Opening Day. It will just be a progression and we’ll see how it goes.”

[on if Opening Day is a realistic goal]
“Sure. The doctors seem to think so. But we all know if you miss two or three games as opposed to last year, then we’re in a better situation. But really, and I know it sounds terrible, we’re just going to take it a day at a time right now.”

Lee takes BP

The O’s received another boost of positive injury news Monday when Derrek Lee took live batting practice, marking the first time he’s taken successive BP this spring.

“It was really encouraging,” Showalter said of Lee. “He came in today with no soreness, no puffiness [in his right thumb] from yesterday, took a real good bp.”

Showalter said the team will wait to see how Lee feels on Tuesday before deeming him ready to take BP every day. Brian Roberts also worked out at the practice fields at Ed Smith Stadium with no reported problems.

More spring odds and ends..

*Non roster invitee Josh Rupe was sent home today with a stomach bug. He wasn’t scheduled to throw anyway.

Derrek Lee expects to take batting practice before the week ends and Mitch Atkins is still sideline with an oblique issue. Lee talked about being game ready in today’s featured video, which you can watch here

*Frank Robinson’s message to the team this morning was about utilizing the practice time in Spring Training and manager Buck Showalter said it went over well.

“He obviously can command a room,” Showalter said of the Hall of Famer. “He’s been in front of players for quite a while. You can tell he has a real affinity for the Orioles.”

*Showalter praised the way Chris Tillman threw today. Tillman was among a group that included Michael Gonzalez, Jim Johnson and Justin Duchscherer that threw to hitters on Thursday.

*Brian Roberts is about 50 percent improved and is aiming to play by Friday or Saturday. He’s been dealing with neck stiffness. Showalter said Roberts wouldn’t have played in the first spring games even if he didn’t have this issue.
*According to ESPN’s Keith Law, Orioles top prospect Manny Machado has hired Dan Lozano to be his agent. Machado, the O’s top pick in last year’s Draft, was previously represented by Scott Boras.

Roberts speaks

Brian Roberts, who confirmed he got an X-ray on his neck this morning, briefly addressed reporters at his locker. Here’s what he had to say…

“[It’s] just a stiff neck. We’ve probably all had a stiff neck at some point in our life right? I’m not overly concerned.”

Roberts said he would take today off and rest.

“We tried to get it calmed down at least so whenever it does feel fine, I’ll go out there,” Roberts said. “It’s the third day of spring training.”

When asked if he was aware that any injury to him causes immediate concern, Roberts was dismissive.
“I understand there’s about a two feet difference from where my back hurt and where my neck hurt,” Roberts said. “So I’m pretty sure they are not related.”

As for if he will resume baseball activities on Thursday, Roberts said he had no idea.

“We will just see how it feels,” he said.

Tidbits on Cal, B-Rob, prospects..

A few quick notes this morning..

*First Facebook and now Twitter. O’s second baseman Brian Roberts is all over the social media landscape these days. You can follow him @1brianroberts (and while you’re at it, follow me @britt_ghiroli)

* will unveil its 50 Top Prospects in tonight’s show on MLB Network. Tune in to see where the Orioles top duo —Zach Britton and Manny Machado — rank among baseball’s budding stars. The show starts at 9 p.m. ET.

*The (Triple-A) International League announced today that Steve Balboni, Wade Boggs, and Cal Ripken, Jr., will be inducted into the circuit’s Hall of Fame as members of the Class of 2011. All three players starred in the International League during the early 1980’s, and they now comprise the first Class elected to the IL Hall by a vote of current Hall of Fame members, along with longtime executives, broadcasters, and members of the media.

A National Baseball Hall of Famer, Cal Ripken, Jr., who went to be baseball’s “Iron Man”, enjoyed a stellar season playing third base for the Rochester Red Wings in 1981.

He slammed 23 home runs, and of course did not miss any of the team’s 114 games prior to an August call to Baltimore. In 1982 Ripken joined the Orioles full-time, following up his IL Rookie of the Year Award with American League Rookie of the Year honors. He played in every game from May 30, 1982 to September 20, 1998, establishing an all-time record of 2,632 consecutive games played.

The three inductees have been added to the International League Hall of Fame plaque display. The inductees will be presented with “The Curtain Call” statue during individual enshrinement ceremonies to place during the coming season. The IL Hall of Fame plaque display does not have a permanent home, but rather serves as a traveling testament to the storied legacy of the International League.

Triple-A Norfolk Tides general manager, Dave Rosenfield, and former Tides manager Frank Verdi were both enshrined into the IL Hall of Fame in 2008. Former Tides first baseman, Roberto Petagine was enshrined in 2009.

Roberts CT scan normal

Brian Roberts’ CT scan came back normal, which is good news, obviously. Roberts has been dealing with concussion-like symptoms and even though on Sunday he told the media it was getting better, the Orioles wanted to rule everything out.

As for the Orioles coaches, there’s no news to report on that front. Some of you have asked about manager Buck Showalter’s time table or my guesses as to who goes and who stays, and I’d prefer to not speculate in fairness to those involved. Showalter has met with each of the six-man staff and has maintained a “the sooner, the better” approach.

Also, here’s a note on MASN’s television ratings, per a release….

Despite a disappointing start to the season, the Orioles grew their television audience in Baltimore and held steady in Washington. 

Year over year, the team earned a 3.3 HH rating in Baltimore, a ten percent increase over the 3.0 HH rating in 2009.  And in Washington the team held a 0.7 HH rating, unchanged from 2009.

Ratings soared when new manager Buck Showalter took over in early August.  During the first two weeks of Showalter’s tenure, the Orioles earned a 4.7 HH rating in Baltimore (51,000 households) and frequently beat the broadcast networks’ prime-time lineups. 

Injecting new life into the Orioles, Showalter led the team to a 34-23 record in the final two months of the season.  As Roch Kubatko pointed out on his blog, had the season started August 3rd with the arrival of Showalter, the Orioles would have won the AL East.

Across MASN’s 7 state / 14 DMA television footprint, the number of homes tuning in to watch the Orioles increased six percent to 78,000 households per night from 73,500 households in 2009.

Roberts to get cat scan

Following Sunday’s 3-2 season-finale loss,
Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts clarified on the concussion-like symptoms
that sidelined him for the team’s final six games.

I just have some lack of balance and some headaches, and just
stuff that hasn’t been a whole lot of fun,” said Roberts, who is scheduled to
get a cat scan on Monday.

“I don’t know 100 percent sure [what caused
the headaches], but it was Monday night. In frustration, I whacked myself on
the head with my bat in the ninth. I had my helmet on. It’s something I’ve done
a million times, but I still can’t tell you for sure if that was it. But that’s
the only thing that I can point to because that night and the next morning, I
just didn’t feel good.”

Roberts was a late-scratch from Tuesday’s
game against Tampa Bay and played in just 59 games this season after missing
three-and-a-half months with a herniated disc in his lower back. He said that
he didn’t anticipate this issue hampering his readyiness for next spring and
acknowledged that it has been one of the most trying seasons of his career.

“It’s been one for the
memory banks, but not for the best memory bank I guess,” Roberts said.  “But there’s been some good things and just
because things don’t go exactly the way you want them to, it doesn’t mean that
it’s all been a negative, a wash, because certainly since [manager Buck
Showalter has] gotten here, we’ve done some great things. And I’ll be ready to
go February 2011. It just hasn’t been the best 2010.”

Orioles/Tigers lineups- Roberts done for the yr

*Brian Roberts is done for the year, and will addresss the media following Sunday’s game. He has been dealing with headaches and was a last-minute scratch on Tuesday against Tampa Bay, although manager Buck Showalter has indicated there is more to B-Rob’s condition than a typical migraine.
*Luke Scott was voted the Most Valuable Oriole and will be honored pregame.
*The Tigers will use their bullpen for Sunday’s start, although it hasn’t been announced which reliever will open the season finale.

Corey Patterson LF
Nick Markakis RF
Jake Fox DH
Luke Scott 1B
Felix Pie CF
Ty Wigginton 3B
Matt Wieters C
Robert Andino 2B
Cesar Izturis SS

Brian Matusz LHP

Austin Jackson CF
Ramon Santiago 2B
Ryan Raborn LF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Casper Wells RF
Brandon Inge 3B
Don Kelly 1B
Scott Sizemore DH
Max St. Pierre C

Armando Galarraga RHP

Roberts out all Friday

Brian Roberts will not be available for either of Friday’s doubleheader games against the Tigers, as manager Buck Showalter reported that the second baseman is still dealing with headache-type symptoms.

“[He’s] about the same, not the improvement we had hoped to see,” Showalter said of Roberts, who was a late scratch from Tuesday’s game against the Rays. “[It’s] a day-to-day thing with him.”

Roberts saw a doctor on Thursday and did some running on the field prior to the Orioles batting practice, with head athletic trainer Richard Bancells overseeing his exertion. 

“It didn’t go well enough for us to feel like he was a player in the first game,” Showalter said. “I just don’t see that improving enough all of the sudden between games to where he plays the second one. We’ll see where he is [for Saturday].”

When asked if the headaches stemmed from a particular incident, Showalter said he’d prefer to have Roberts talk more about the specifics. Roberts was not available to the media prior to Friday’s game.

Orioles/Rays series finale

*Brian Roberts is still dealing with headaches and isn’t in the lineup for the second consecutive game. He is expected to see a doctor in Baltimore on Thursday.
*I blogged earlier about Alfredo Simon’s suspension being reduced to two games. He will start serving that tonight.
*Wondering when the last time Nick Markakis was a DH? Never. This is his first Major League DH start. Manager Buck Showalter was equally surprised.
*Heavy rain is expected for Thursday’s series opener in Detroit, so the Orioles are tentatively talking about doing a doubleheader on Friday, although there’s no word yet on whether it would be back-to-back or a day and night contest with a break. All this, of course, depends on Thursday’s weather and if the game gets called.
Corey Patterson LF
Ty Wigginton 3B
Nick Markakis DH
Luke Scott 1B
Matt Wieters C
Adam Jones CF
Felix Pie RF
Robert Andino 2B
Cesar Izturis SS

RHP Kevin Millwood

John Jaso C
Ben Zobrist 2B
Carl Crawford LF
Dan Johnson 3B
Carlos Pena 1B
Matt Joyce RF
B.J. Upton CF
Brad Hawpe DH
Jason Bartlett SS

RHP Jeff Niemann