Could Roberts reclaim second base for O's?

Could Roberts reclaim second base for O's?
November 21, 2012, 12:45 am

The Orioles may have themselves a new second baseman to start the season. We’re not necessarily talking about new acquisition Alexi Casilla. It could be an old, new second baseman, Brian Roberts.

In an interview with MASN’s Roch Kubatko, Roberts sounded optimistic about putting his injury-hampered recent seasons behind him and getting back on the field at full strength.

"I'm doing as well as I've done in the last three years," said Roberts, 35, whose 2012 season lasted just 17 games and who needed surgery on a torn labrum in his hip. "I'm pretty much doing everything. Health-wise, I'm probably ahead of where I'd normally be in the off-season for the first time in a long time. …

“I've been cleared pretty much of any restrictions at this point. Now I'm in my normal off-season training program. And I'm doing more [baseball] stuff now. Not having been able to play as much in the past few years, I'm hitting earlier and doing more baseball stuff than I did in the past to be ahead of the curve."

And feeling well includes not dealing with concussion symptoms.

"It's probably the first time, I'd say, since May 16, 2011, that I don't really think about it anymore," Roberts said. "In the midst of last year, I still had some times where I struggled with some things.”

Some other highlights of Roberts’ interview with Kubatko:

*On the Orioles’ moves to address second base: “I understand that, unfortunately, I haven't been able perform the way any of us would like the last few years. I understand they have to have that covered, but I have confidence in my own ability, and if I'm healthy, my ability will speak for itself once I'm on the field."

*On opting for surgery instead of trying to play through pain in 2012: "If I want to be healthy and I want to play beyond [next] year, it was probably the best move to make moving forward.”

*On the postseason experience at Camden Yards: “The atmosphere was amazing. It makes you hungrier and hungrier to get back there, and it sits in the back of my mind every day when I go to the stadium [in Sarasota]."