Spring Training is now underway in Florida for the Orioles, and the first full workout will take place today in the late morning.
The pitchers are working on their arsenal, mechanics and whatever else; meanwhile, the position players – at least the ones who made it into camp early – are getting their swings in order and doing their drills.
One name in particular – Brian Roberts – will be watched closely by the writers and various media down in camp.
As we all know, Roberts had missed much of the past two seasons dealing with post-concussion syndrome issues and other injuries. However, he is in Florida this week trying to prepare for the season.
Roberts has not said much to the media; however, he has been swinging off a tee and at least training. According to the Baltimore Sun, he will be taking part in workouts this morning.
That is terrific news to hear about Roberts; whether he will be ready for full-fledged baseball work remains to be seen. We do not even know if he can play a full season. Frankly, I did not even think Roberts would make it this far this soon at all.
However, from what I know, Brian loves the game and it undoubtedly was killing him that he could not place. We all could see the emotion on his face during interviews and in various media reports.
Back in January, I thought that Roberts may not be ready to play this season. Now, I think it is 50/50.
However, if Roberts was to come back and play during the '12 season, would he ever be the same? Considering the amount Roberts has left on his contract, plus his service time, he will get every opportunity to show that he can play.
Sadly, considering the history of several players who have had concussions as of late – NHL superstar Sidney Crosby, Ryan Church, Justin Morneau & Jason Bay – Roberts’ outlook may not be all that rosy.
Then again, it is good to hear that Roberts is working out and attempting to get back on the field. I guess the situation is day to day at this point.