I don't know any more about Brian Roberts' condition than I did when I left Camden Yards last night, and I also learned long ago that speculating on injuries and the severity of them is both dangerous and pointless. However, the strained abdominal injury that Roberts sustained in Friday's home opener certainly has sent plenty of other players in the past to the disabled list. Seattle Mariners pitcher Cliff Lee is currently on the DL with a strained abdominal. Of course, certain injuries are tougher on pitchers than position players or vice versa. However, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton also had that injury last year and he too landed on the DL.
We should know more about Roberts condition in couple of hours when the clubhouse opens, but it's certainly not a good situation for the Orioles, who need their leadoff hitter in the lineup.
If Roberts is out for several weeks, this is how I see the Orioles' options at second.
1. Promote Justin Turner and let him play regularly: The 25-year-old second baseman hit .300 at Triple-A Norfolk last year and also was among the Orioles best hitters this spring. He's currently the Tides' second baseman and he is on the 40-man roster, so promoting him wouldn't cause much shuffling.
2. Purchase contract of utility infielder Robert Andino and rotate him, Julio Lugo and Ty Wigginton at the position depending on who is doing well. Because Andino is not on the 40-man, adding him to the big league roster would require Andy MacPhail to designate somebody on the 40-man.
3. Let Lugo or Wigginton start and use extra 25-man spot to call up another position player or reliever. With closer Michael Gonzalez struggling and the rest of the bullpen being used quite a bit over the first week of the season, another arm down in the 'pen couldn't hurt anything especially with the team in the midst of 16 straight days of games.