Two quick updates from Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Brian Roberts fouled a ball off his right ankle in a sixth-inning at-bat. He stayed in the game, but was removed in the top of the seventh.
Taking him out for the final three innings was the plan. It had nothing to do with the injury.
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Afterward, Roberts said his ankle was sore, but OK.
“It is fine. It will be fine. It’s sore, but no big deal,” he said. “It was going to be my last at-bat either way. Able to end the game with a bang, why not?”
He’s not sure if he’ll play Thursday but figures he’ll be able to if needed.
Normally, we don’t make a point of following up on something like this, but Roberts’ health is one of the main storylines of this camp.
Another storyline is whether Nolan Reimold will be able to play left field. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said earlier this month that Reimold likely wouldn’t break camp if he were a designated hitter only. And Reimold hadn’t played the field since March 1, when he was dealing with some right shoulder tightness.
Well, he played left on Wednesday and said he felt no problems. He didn’t have to air out a throw but says he’s done it in practice and knows he can do it in a game.
“I’m not hesitant to throw the ball because I have already done it,” he said.
The Orioles were very cautious with Reimold’s shoulder – and that approach apparently worked.
“I think the original diagnosis was pretty accurate,” he said. “We just treated it the correct way and it feels pretty good now.”
His swing looks pretty good, too. He homered twice Wednesday.