Today, Brian Roberts begins a 20-day rehab assignment with AA Bowie. Local opinion is all over the place on whether the 34-year old second baseman should return or hang it up. He’s been on the concussion train for the last two years and only got into 59 games in 2010 and just 39 last year. B-Rob is looking like Sydney Crosby two-fold and has got to be assuming some risk by making a comeback. My view: If he can add some small-ball punch to the O’s line-up, go for it.
The Orioles have been surviving on a diet of good pitching and homeruns but can’t do the little things like bunt, move runners over, steal bases, and their infield fielding is atrocious. If the power and pitching ever dries up, they’re in trouble and a fully functioning Roberts brings a lot of quality skills in those areas. Fortunately, second base is not a current weakness with Robert Andino enjoying a breakout year in 2011 and continuing to excel as Roberts’ replacement. If Roberts makes it all the way back, I’m thinking the O’s try Andino at third base, which would shore up some badly needed defense on the hot corner. Could Andino transition after learning and playing 1 1/2 years at second base? I think so. And I can’t imagine the big club bringing Miguel Tejada back for a look, even though they signed him and are working him at third in extended spring training. Tejada had his day and is a link to the old perennial doormat O’s teams in the early 2000’s; NOT WANTED!
Good luck B-Rob, we’ll be watching.