It only took two days for Brian Roberts to report his first injury of 2011. Roberts showed up to camp today, but did not participate in any activities due to neck stiffness, and left the complex early to get x-rays done. Afterward, he claimed that he thinks it is just sore and that he slept on it funny, but I wouldn’t believe every ounce of what him or the Orioles say about injuries this early on. Taking it with a grain of salt for now, but stay alert for the x-ray outcomes and his workout schedule that follows. He may or may not continue working out tomorrow, depending on how he feels in the morning. He claims it is completely unrelated to the back problems he had last year. “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.”
Other news and notes:
- After off-season thumb surgery, all 1B Derrek Lee has been able to do offensively since arriving in camp has been hitting soft toss and off tees. He said today that he hopes to be cleared to hit BP on Friday or Saturday. If so, it would be a separate BP session in order to track his progress and go at a better pace for his thumb. For sure, he will not play in the intra-squad game on Sunday or the first few exhibition games next week.
- The intra-squad game scheduled to be played on Sunday between the Orioles at camp will take place on the main field at Ed Smith Stadium. I am not sure if it is open to the public or not.
Non-camp related items:
- Troy Patton, who was arrested on January 24th and charged with DWI, had a scheduled court date for this Friday (Feb. 25), but it has been postponed to March 30. This will allow him to fully attend camp and not have to leave for a few days for a hearing. Jeff Zrebiec of The Sun speculates “It’s possible that Patton requests admittance into an accelerated rehabilitation program for first-time offenders — which would involve a strict year of probation.”
- Manny Machado and Zach Britton both made Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects List, just released today.
- With all of the rumors behind Alfredo Simon’s case in the DR this week, we have 2 sides to the situation that presented themselves once again today. Brittany Ghiroli states: “A judge will decide today regarding whether Alfredo Simon will stay in jail or be freed on bail. Even if he is released, Simon still needs to obtain his Visa and it could be a case where he’s not allowed to leave the country yet.” Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that even if the charges from the family are dropped, the government prosecutor has no plans at this point to drop charges or let him be released.
As for actual games:
- Yesterday, we reported on the first five games in ST and which pitchers will start and pitch in those. Buck expanded the plans even more today. The schedule, at this point, is:
- 2/28 at Pirates: Brad Bergesen, Chris Tillman
- 3/1 vs. Rays: Jeremy Guthrie, Rick VandenHurk
- 3/2 at Phillies: Justin Duchscherer, Zach Britton
- 3/3 vs. Twins: Brian Matusz, Adrian Rosario
- 3/4 at Tigers: Jake Arrieta, Ryan Drese
- Roch Kubatko talks with the pitchers about their thoughts on new pitching coach Mark Connor, and what he brings to the team in comparison to former coach Rick Kranitz.
- Brittany Ghiroli interviews Mark Reynolds about all things baseball in his life. (Here are even more quotes from her interview, some of which didn’t make the article)
- Paul White of USA Today previews the 2011 season for the Orioles.
- An interesting post about Cal Ripken Jr. and his impact on the SS position over time.