Peter Schmuck's 5 things we're still waiting to find out about the Orioles
The Orioles have reached the halfway point in a spring training made a bit longer to accommodate the World Baseball Classic, but they are still very early in the process of evaluating the club's crowded spring training roster. Here's a look at five of the questions that remain open as the O's move deeper into March and closer to their regular season opener against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 2.
-- Peter Schmuck
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1. Who's going to play second base?
Many are rooting for Brian Roberts (above right) to make a complete comeback from a long series of injuries that have threatened to prematurely end his career, and things are going well so far. It's obvious by Roberts' upbeat attitude that he feels that he's ready to make a run at the American League Comeback Player of the Year Award. This is one case where the WBC-extended spring exhibition season is a big plus, as Roberts will get plenty of time to get ready for the rigors of his old job. If he is unable to play full-time, the Orioles likely would turn to Alexi Casilla (above center) to share the load with Ryan Flaherty in reserve.