Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts reiterated that he is fully recovered from the sports hernia surgery he had on Dec. 20. He stressed that he’s been able to work out more this offseason than he has before and he believes the migraines, concussion symptoms and hip injury last August that has limited him to 115 games in the past three years are all behind him.
For the first time, though, he admitted when he heard last month that he would have to undergo another surgery for the sports hernia, he initially was very discouraged.
“When I found out that day, it was a pretty rough night, sitting in a hotel room with my wife in Philadelphia, thinking, ‘Can I go through this again?’” Roberts said Saturday at FanFest. “I wasn’t sure, mentally, if I really did have it in me for a couple hours there. … If it had been a four to six month surgery [and recovery period], I couldn’t have done it, I don’t think. But a four-week [recovery], I knew, ‘OK, I can do this.’ If this is what I need to do to be healthy, I am in.’”
** Dylan Bundy, who made his big league debut in September, said he’s heard speculation that he is targeted for the minors, but he is heading into spring training with the mentality that he has a chance to earn a job with the Orioles.
** Outfielder Nolan Reimold said he had a final X-ray on his “new Terminator neck” on Jan. 10, and the bone has fused and he no longer has restrictions in his preparation for spring training. He said he doesn’t “see a reason why I won’t be ready to go” for the upcoming season. Reimold was shut down after the first month of the season with a neck injury that eventually required surgery
** Designated hitter Wilson Betemit, whose season ended in September because of a right wrist injury, said he didn’t play winter ball in his native Dominican Republic this offseason so he could concentrate on healing. He said he has no pain in his wrist and has been swinging a bat from both sides of the plate with no difficulty.
** Lefty Brian Matusz said he enjoyed pitching out of the bullpen at the end of last season, but he is going into spring training with an eye on competing for a rotation spot.