Five Orioles under the most pressure in spring training
From Brian Roberts from Jake Arrieta, Kevin Cowherd highlights five players who will be under the microscope in Sarasota.
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BRIAN ROBERTS( Reuters photo / June 24, 2012 )
Is he healthy? Can he play every day? Can he regain the form that once made him one of the top second basemen in baseball? He's 35 now and has only played in 115 games in the past three seasons.
Concussion issues, hip surgery, sports hernia surgery -- Roberts has been through the wringer. But he batted only .182 with a .233 on-base percentage, no homers and five RBIs in 17 games after returning from the concussion problems last summer, with one hit in his last 25 at-bats. That's part of the reason the Orioles acquired Alexi Casilla off waivers from the Minnesota Twins this offseason. Casilla will play second if Roberts doesn't regain his previous form.