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B-rob at Bowie updates

BALTIMORE– Brian Roberts is pushing for a return, and each successful game at Double-A Bowie furthers the second baseman’s case that he is ready to be activated from the 60-day DL.

Roberts went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored in his second game with the Baysox on Tuesday night, and went 1-for-4 with an RBI single serving at designated hitter on Wednesday afternoon. He will take Thursday off and be reevaluated by the organization’s medical staff, and according to president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail, Roberts’ plan will be dictated after that.

Interim manager Juan Samuel has made it no secret that Roberts has been lobbying him to get back in the O’s lineup as soon as this weekend, and he stopped by Baltimore’s clubhouse on Tuesday to let Samuel know how good he feels.

“We are waiting to hear from the medical people to get him clearance for us to make the decision on the baseball side of it,” Samuel said. “And if they feel like he’s ready from their area, than it’s up to us. And we have to think what’s the best scenario.”

With Roberts -who is pushing to return this weekend – it’s also possible he could begin next week’s road series with the Orioles. But given his injury, a herniated disc in his lower back, Roberts would have to be used sparingly on Toronto’s artificial turf.

“For me, the ideal place for [Roberts] is Kansas City,” Samuel said on Tuesday. “We have to be smart. We do not want to see him have a major setback. I’m sure he’s going to push his way into playing in Toronto, so we have to be smart with this.”

The Orioles would still like to see Roberts test his back by diving for a ball or sliding headfirst, neither of which he did in his first two rehab games. 

Orioles roster mania

BALTIMORE– The expected flurry of Orioles roster moves this week continued on Tuesday, with the news that right-hander Chris Tillman had been taken out of the rotation and optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk for the second time this season.

Interim Orioles manager Juan Samuel also confirmed that veteran Kevin Millwood will be activated from the 15-day disabled list (right forearm strain) and start Thursday’s game with the rest of the O’s rotation sliding back a day.

Baltimore is expecting to activate closer Michael Gonzalez -either following Wednesday’s game or early on Thursday – and the O’s could also add another arm prior to Wednesday’s game to take the spot vacated by Tillman. Matt Wieters (strained right hamstring) is expected to slide right into the lineup on Sunday, and Brian Roberts, who started a rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie on Monday, could also be activated in the next few days, although the team is leaning toward having Roberts wait. Rookie infielder Josh Bell is expected to be a roster casualty and the team will have to make a few more to clear space.

Although the Orioles roster is in upheaval, president of baseball operations MacPhail said there is “nothing that would indicate” a trade in the next several days, to help free up some space. Beyond that, the Orioles are always discussing possibilities around this time of the year, particularly with veterans like Ty Wigginton and Miguel Tejada.

“We’re still trying to make the decision which way we’re going to go, whether it’s going to be a pitcher or a position player when all these guys come back,” Samuel said of the roster juggling. “I think Andy has got his hands full trying to figure out which way we’re going to go.”

With Roberts, he could possibly begin next week’s road series with the Orioles, but given his injury, a herniated disc in his lower back, Roberts would have to be used sparingly on Toronto’s artificial turf.

While MacPhail acknowledged that “Brian’s rather keen on getting it going,” the organization will reevaluate him on Thursday, when he takes a day off of rehab. Having Roberts play at the Rogers Centre surface -which is similar to the three straight games he started in Tampa Bay prior to reinjuring himself on the Orioles home opener – is hardly ideal and it could push him back another series.

“For me, the ideal place for [Roberts] is Kansas City,” Samuel said. “We have to be smart. We do not want to see him have a major setback. I’m sure he’s going to push his way into playing in Toronto, so we have to be smart with this.”

The Orioles also had to weigh the possibilities concerning sending Tillman back to Norfolk, in what is becoming a yo-yo year for the young righty. With Samuel and MacPhail both against a six-man rotation, Tillman -who allowed eight runs on seven hits over 2 2/3 innings in Monday’s loss – proved to be the odd man. The 22-year-old has struggled to find consistency at the Major League level -nearly pitching a no-hitter in his previous start at Texas-but given that he wasn’t going to throw again for five days, it was an easy choice to make room in the rotation. 

Millwood has been on the disabled list since July 6 with a strained right forearm and has seen a strong-first half collapse into a 10.20 ERA over his previous seven starts. Samuel said he was confident Millwood could return to his early-season form, and Millwood has attested since the All-Star break that his arm has felt much better.
The Orioles are equally optimistic about Gonzalez, who was placed on the 60-day DL (left shoulder strain) and used his full rehab assignment, which expires on Wednesday.

While Gonzalez has struggled in the Minor Leagues, Samuel thinks his concentration and focus will help improve his location -and results -when he rejoins the O’s.  Signed to a two-year deal this offseason to close games, Gonzalez appeared in just three games -including two blown saves – before landing on the DL and will be eased back into the later innings.

Brian Roberts on his rehab

UPDATE: Roberts is 2-for-5 with a double, RBI single and two runs scored. He has slid, but not headfirst.

Brian Roberts is at Double-A Bowie and spoke with the media for the first time in a few months. He will bat leadoff and play nine innings tonight, DH on Tuesday and play another full nine innings on Wednesday.  B-Rob was optimistic and in a good mood, saying he was happy to be in Bowie and also clarifying that surgery was never an option. His doctors said it wasn’t anything could be surgically treated and he’s confident the issue will not hinder his career in the long-term.

As for his return to Baltimore, Roberts joked if it was up to him, he would be playing for the Orioles tonight. But he acknowledged it all depends on how he feels and what the team decides. Juan Samuel told reporters in Balitmore that having Roberts run on the turf in Toronto next week isn’t the best idea, so the O’s could hold off until the Kansas City trip after that.

Roberts said one of the big tests in Bowie will be sliding. He has not slid headfirst yet, and has not done so since April 9’s home opener, when he reinjured his back.

A full story is coming on, but here are the highlights.

On how he’s feeling…

“We’ve tried to stay as low profile as possible the last month or two just because there was so much going on and you have expectations, people have expectations and we just got to the point where we needed to go as slow as possible and not have to answer those questions all the time. Things are good, things are way better than they were at the beginning of the year. I really never got to the point at the beginning of the year where I felt how I do now. It’s a positive sign and I’m excited to get back out and start playing.”

On if he thought he’d never reach this point (playing in a rehab game) this season…

“Yeah, there were definitely times where I didn’t think I’d be here right now, certainly.  It did get to the point a couple of times where I didn’t know if it was better off just not even pushing it anymore.  But, you know, you just go through the process and you see where it takes you.

“I was going to continue to go through that until it got to the point where there was no hope at the end.  I’m thankful that I got here at this point and we’re just going to continue to hope that things progress as they have been.”

On what motivated him to keep trying to come back…

“I mean a lot of reasons.  One, you just want to play.  That’s what I get paid to do and what Mr. Angelos has signed me to do.  That’s what this organization is expecting of me.

“I think, on the other hand, for me to able to come out next year and if they think that next year is important, I need to get this under my belt and play some games and get back to myself going into next year.  I don’t like the thought process of not playing at all, taking the winter off and then going in with the unknown next year.

“I feel like if I can go out there and get two and half, two months under my belt and be ready to roll going into winter and do my off season program and have no second thoughts with what is going on with my body, I think that’s important.

“I was on a radio show earlier this year and Scott Garceau mentioned that there were some fans that were wondering if I was still trying to play.  If I wanted to play. I want people to know, that is not the case.  I will be out there until I can’t go.  There are a lot of reasons that drive you.  There is not really one sole reason, but there are several of them.”

What to do with Wiggy, plus MacPhail on young talent

Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said on Saturday at the Orioles State of the Team address no one is untouchable when it comes to trade talks, including the team’s young core. But MacPhail did acknowledge that it would be hard to part with a young player even if the team would get back a impact bat that it badly needs for the future.

The Orioles are actively shopping veterans Ty Wigginton and Miguel Tejada, with Wigginton the team’s best trade chip given his versatility and resurgent year. The Rangers had a scout in attendance last night and have made it no secret that they are interested in Wigginton.

It’s important to keep an eye on Brian Roberts‘ return, as that would clearly give MacPhail reason to move Wigginton. The timetable on trading Wiggy figures to rely heavily on  when the Os will have a healthy B-Rob.

Os/Blue Jays lineups and pregame tidbits

*Brian Roberts will join Double-A Bowie on Monday and could rejoin the Orioles on this current homestand. He is believed to be about a week to 10 days away, according to interim manager Juan Samuel.

*Luke Scott is expected to drive to Baltimore after playing in Sunday’s Gulf Coast League game and will likely rejoin Roberts on rehab assignment at Double-A Bowie.

*Michael Gonzalez allowed a pair of runs on three hits and a walk over 2/3 inning at Triple-A Norfolk last night and is scheduled to pitch again on Sunday. His rehab assignment ends on Wednesday and the Orioles will have to decide what to do with him. The obvious answer would be to activate him but Samuel was noncommittal on that, saying the organization would have to make up its mind on what to do.

Corey Patteron DH
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Adam Jones CF
Felix Pie LF
Craig Tatum C
Julio Lugo 2B
Cesar Izturis SS
Jeremy Guthrie RHP

Fred Lewis LF
Yunel Escobar SS
Jose Bautista RF
Vernon Wells CF
Adam Lind DH
Aaron Hill 2B
Lyle Overbay 1B
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Jose Molina C

Brandon Morrow RHP

B-Rob could rejoin the Os on the homestand

Brian Roberts is close to coming back –about a week to 10 days — and interim manager Juan Samuel said it’s possible B-Rob could be in the lineup during the O’s current homestand.

Roberts has been rehabbing with the Gulf Coast League Orioles since Monday and will join Double-A Bowie this upcoming Monday. Samuel recently spoke to Roberts and said this is the most positive he’s heard him since the injury. Roberts took two at-bats right-handed today and the rest of his ABs have been as a lefty. He’s in no reported pain and told Samuel he would try to pressure him to put him in Monday’s lineup, claiming he needed 15 more ABs.

According to Samuel, that’s not going to happen on Monday, but B-Rob is very close.

Os/ Blue Jays lineups and pregame tidbits

*Matt Wieters is on the DL for Josh Bell, but it’s only expected to be the minimum 15 day stay. Interim manager Juan Samuel said Wieters could have played Sunday or Monday but they didn’t want to push it.
*As expected, Craig Tatum will get the bulk of the catching duties with Jake Fox scheduled to back him up. The plan for now is Fox to catch Sunday’s game.
*Michael Gonzalez and Luke Scott are expected back within the next week. Gonzalez will pitch tonight at Triple-A Norfolk while Scott started his rehab for the Gulf Coast League on Thursday.
*Kevin Millwood threw a light side session with no pain yesterday and was planning on throwing a bullpen this afternoon. He told me he did a lot of resting (ie. no golf) and Samuel said he’s about a week away from returning.
*Down in Sarasota, Jim Johnson threw off flat ground on Monday and Wednesday and said in a text that the outings went “as well as can be expected”. He’s in no pain, and will throw again tomorrow afternoon. Johnson hopes to get up on the mound next week. Lou Montanez is still rehabbing his oblique and has not started to get in rehab games. He estimates he’s about a week away from that.
*Brian Roberts has been rehabbing with the GCL but will move to Double-A Bowie next week. He could still hit that Aug. 1 deadline he mentioned, but Samuel didn’t want to be confined to that. 

Corey Patterson DH
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Adam Jones CF
Felix Pie LF
Craig Tatum C
Julio Lugo 2B
Cesar Izturis SS

Brad Bergesen RHP

Fred Lewis LF
Yunel Escobar SS
Jose Bautista RF
Vernon Wells CF
Adam Lind DH
Aaron Hill 2B
Lyle Overbay 1B
John Buck C
Edward Encarnacion 3B

J.C. Romero LHP

B-Rob, Scott updates in Sarasota

Update 4:11 p.m. ET: I’m told today was Brian Roberts’ first game, since he was transferred to the GCL roster. Luke Scott is still not on that roster so he hasn’t played yet, but getting him some at-bats close by makes sense. He’s rehabbing in Sarasota and interim manager Juan Samuel told reporters in Texas on Sunday that Scott needed a few rehab games first and wouldn’t be eligible right away to come off the DL.

BALTIMORE– Baltimore second baseman Brian Roberts started a rehab assignment on Monday with the Gulf Coast League Orioles, and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said the organization will “see how it goes” in terms of a schedule for the injured infielder.

Roberts had started light baseball activities two weeks ago and on Saturday took batting practice and fielded grounders at the team’s Spring Training Complex in Sarasota, Fla. 

Roberts has previously gotten this far in progressing back from the herniated disk in his lower back only to be set back, so it’s like the Orioles will use caution in easing him back into games. Roberts has been on the 60-day disabled list since April 9’s home opener, when he reaggravated the injury by sliding headfirst into second base.  He told MASN’s the Scott Garceau show last week that he was targeting an Aug. 1 return and he hoped to get a full two months this season.

“Get on my feet again for 2011 and see if we can finish strong as a team,” Roberts told the radio show. “And push toward this winter and next year.”

Interim manager Juan Samuel told reporters on Sunday that Luke Scott (left hamstring strain) would also need a few rehab games, and Scott could get a few at-bats for the GCL Orioles. He was not listed as active on the affiliate’s roster on Monday, but has been rehabbing in Sarasota and could get some live at-bats this week.

Roberts to get 3rd Epidural

BALTIMORE–Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts will get an epidural in his lower back Friday in St. Petersburg, Fla. after extensive tests on the area came back negative.

Roberts announced the news during a call-in segment on the Scott Garceau Show on Thursday, and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail confirmed the plan in a text message.

Roberts also told the show that he hoped to get back into games at some point this year, despite his lengthy list of setbacks. Roberts has already had two epidural injections and is on the 60-day disabled list with a herniated disc in his lower back.  He had been progressing well enough to start a schedule to get into extended spring games in Sarasota, Fla. but he was scratched from his initial contest with “unrelated back pain” and hasn’t played since.

Roberts still sidelined

All is not well for Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, who did not play in Monday’s extended spring game and continues to be plagued with “unrelated back pain” in Sarasota. He is expected to be reexamined tomorrow. Roberts was supposed to start playing in extended Spring games this past Friday, instead he was held out and was being treated “symptomatically” according to president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail.

Roberts wasn’t expected to play Saturday’s game, but given that it’s Monday, the unrelated back pain is looking like a little more than the “minor setback” it was originally described as.

Roberts’ originally schedule had him progressing up to a full game on June 10. That obviously will come later now. Whether this back pain is related to his herniated disc or not, I will hopefully have more information pregame tomorrow after Roberts gets checked out.