It seems like a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away that Brian Roberts was playing second base every day for the Baltimore Orioles. It’s been more than a year since Brian Roberts was pencilled into the lineup, and nearly three since he’s had a major impact with the Orioles. But tonight is an important date for Brian Roberts, as he makes his major league debut for the 2012 season.
It’s been a difficult road for Roberts, who struggled through a back injury and a concussion, along with all the side effects that come with it. But after letting his body heal, and then going through the gruelling process of rehab, Brian Roberts is finally ready to play second base again.
The move couldn’t come at a better time, as the Orioles trail both the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays by one game in the AL East. Robert Andino had been filling in at second, but he’s far better suited to a utility role than a starting position. It’s important to temper the expectations for Brian Roberts. Coming off several injuries, it’s unlikely that he’ll ever produce like he has in the past.
Over his career, Brian Roberts has a 281 batting average, 84 homers, 477 RBI and 274 steals. His best season came back in 2005 when he hit 314/387/515, mashing 18 homers and stealing 27 bases. Interestingly enough, that 2005 season was when the Orioles got off to a blistering start that is very similar to what they’ve done this season.
Brian Roberts isn’t expected to play second base tonight, as the Orioles will likely ease him in by letting him DH.