Orioles manager Buck Showalter on Brian Roberts' return, Robert Andino's future
By By Eduardo A. Encina
The Baltimore Sun|
Jun 10, 2012 | 12:28 PM
Barring a setback today, all indications are that Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts will be activated from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday before the club's three-game series against the Pirates at Camden Yards.
Roberts' 20-day minor league rehab assignment window closes Monday. Roberts, currently playing for Triple-A Norfolk, will likely play his final rehab game this afternoon at Buffalo.
Roberts, who hasn't played a major league game since last May 16, is hitting .263 (10-for-38) with one home run, four RBIs and seven walks in 13 minor league rehab games at Norfolk, Double-A Bowie and Class-A Delmarva.
Asked whether Roberts would join the major league roster and possibly play Tuesday, Orioles manager Buck Showalter sidestepped the question.
"As far as where he's playing, what position he's hitting, I haven't made out that lineup yet," Showalter said Sunday. "I'm trying to figure out one that will present more of a challenge to Cliff Lee today."
Once Roberts returns, it leaves Showalter with the dilemma of where to play current starting second baseman Robert Andino. Showalter would like to utilize Andino as a utility infielder but it's possibile Andino could also see some time in the outfield.
"I like the idea that Robert is a guy who has always felt comfortable playing almost anywhere," Showalter said. "If Brian had been further along with this, I would have played [Andino] a lot in the outfield this spring. We talked about that. But we'll continue to make use of Robert's skill.
"I'm not 100 percent sure about the outfield. I'd be surprised. I talked to some people with the Marlins (Andino's former team) about him playing the outfield, but I think that Robert would be an above-average fielder anywhere on the infield."