BALTIMORE -- Brian Roberts hasn't played a Major League
game in more than a year, but Tuesday could finally put an
end to that stretch.
Roberts is scheduled to play the final game of his 20-day
rehab stint on Monday after a long battle with concussion
If there are no setbacks, it is expected that Roberts would
be activated from the 60-day disabled list and be available
to the Orioles the following day.
Manager Buck Showalter was noncommittal about Roberts'
"I don't know, we'll see," Showalter
said. "As far as where he's playing and what
position he's hitting and all that stuff, I haven't
made that lineup out yet."
In 13 Minor League games spread between Class A Delmarva,
Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk, Roberts has hit .263
with a home run and four RBIs.
Showalter was also hesitant to discuss what Roberts'
return would mean for Robert Andino, who has filled in for
Roberts at second base to start the 2012 season.
"There's some good options," Showalter said.
"Robert has been a guy I've always felt
comfortable playing anywhere."
Showalter even mentioned the outfield as a possibility for
Andino, although he has played there only sparingly to this
point in his career.
"I think Robert would be an above-average defender
everywhere in the infield," Showalter said.
O's weighing options for Saturday's starter
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles have been getting by with a
four-man rotation for about two weeks, but on Saturday, the
team will again be in need of a fifth starter.
Manager Buck Showalter has plenty of options to choose
Reliever Dana Eveland, recently signed veteran Jamie Moyer,
Triple-A standout Chris Tillman, freshly assigned Miguel
Gonzalez, recovering starter Zach Britton and even Jake
Arrieta, who was moved to the bullpen on Saturday, are
"We'll see," Showalter said. "We've
got some depth to pick from there, if we have a need. I
hope we don't have a need. Obviously we're going to
need a fifth starter."
Eveland and Gonzalez, who have both performed well in
long-relief roles with the Orioles, were considered for
last Saturday's start but were needed out of the
'pen leading up to the weekend. Tommy Hunter was
ultimately named the starter and allowed three runs over
Tillman has posted a 4.01 ERA in 67 1/3 innings with
Norfolk, and a Saturday start would come after four days
rest on his current schedule.
Britton, who made his second start for Norfolk on Sunday
after allowing four runs on seven hits through six innings
in his first outing, could be in line to make his return
from a left shoulder impingement that has kept him on the
disabled list since May.
Moyer, a 49-year-old left-hander who was signed to a Minor
League contract on Wednesday, threw five shutout innings in
his debut with Norfolk on Saturday. He allowed only one hit
and didn't walk a batter while striking out five.
Showalter said Moyer's outing could have been even
stronger were it not for a pair of fielding errors made
behind him, but the skipper did not offer any comment on
what the start means for his future with the team.
Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette
has said that Moyer's time with Norfolk is considered an
audition for the Major League club.
• Jake Arrieta will be available to pitch out of the
bullpen on Sunday, manager Buck Showalter said. Amid
rampant speculation that Arrieta would be sent down to
Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday to make room for Tommy Hunter,
the O's instead chose to option reliever Miguel
Gonzalez and move Arrieta to the bullpen. Arrieta last
pitched on Friday, giving up career highs of nine runs and
11 hits in just four innings against the Phillies.
Greg Luca is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story
was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or