Injured second baseman Brian Roberts (herniated disk) will undergo more testing on his back over the next couple of days before the club determines the severity of his latest setback. Until then, he'll be shut down from baseball activities.
Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail wanted to wait until the further testing gets done before commenting on how big of a setback this is, but he did acknowledge that the "additional testing is not a good sign."
He also said the team believes that Roberts' latest back problem isn't related to the injury that has kept him out since April.
Asked if season-ending surgery is becoming more of an option, MacPhail said, "No one has uttered that word to me."
Injured closer Michael Gonzalez (left shoulder strain) allowed one hit over one scoreless inning in an extended spring training game today. His velocity was clocked in the mid 80's. MacPhail said that he'll throw to hitters at least once more down in Sarasota before going on a rehab assignment.
Alfredo Simon (left hamstring strain) could return to the club before the end of this home stand. MacPhail said that Simon will not need a rehab assignment at one of the club's affiliates.
Corey Patterson (tweaked groin) is out of the lineup again today, but he's hoping to return by Wednesday or Thursday. I have my money on Thursday with lefty CC Sabathia pitching for the Yankees tomorrow.