After being on the shelf for nearly three weeks – and giving all of Birdland a sense of deja vu combined with absolute dread in the meantime – Brian Roberts finally got back on the field Sunday in Port Charlotte, Florida.
In three at bats, Roberts walked, struck out, and grounded out.
Part of Roch Kubatko’s recap of B.Rob’s day is a bit ominous to me though:
He’s seen 10 pitches and swung at one
I’m probably just being overly paranoid, but it seems to me like by being hesitant to swing, Roberts was showing us that he’s still might not completely trust his body enough to go all out.
After last spring – when he missed nearly all of Spring Training but was playing by the start of the season, only to be injured in the O’s home opener and go on to play in just 75 games, leaving the offense crippled in his absence – it’s understandable that O’s fans are fretting as history looks almost doomed to repeat itself.
Roberts took the day off Monday, but is scheduled to be in the lineup again on Tuesday against the New York Yankees.
Birdland will be watching, a lump in our collective throat.
Countdown to O’-pening day: 11 days.