Watching from the dugout as
But Flaherty's first feeling was concern for Roberts, a veteran teammate whom he says gave him invaluable advice as Flaherty manned second base for the Orioles in the playoffs last fall.
"It was tough to watch that, especially to have it happen to a player like him. He helped me tremendously last year playing second," Flaherty said Saturday. "He's been a great teammate. And to see him battle back then have a setback like this, it was tough."
With Roberts sidelined for three to four weeks with the ruptured tendon in the back of his knee that he suffered in Thursday’s road win against the
"Obviously, every time you get a chance to play, it's exciting, just to come out and help this team keep doing what it was doing the first three, four games of the season, help the team win," he said.
Flaherty batted .216 in 51 at-bats this spring with three home runs, four doubles and 10 runs batted in.
He went hitless in Friday’s 9-5 win over the Twins, but Orioles manager
"We all know that Casilla runs better than Ryan. Ryan's got a little more pop," Showalter said when asked about their different skill sets. "I think they're both good defenders. They both throw all right."
Showalter indicated that he plans to give both players an opportunity to seize the starting spot until Roberts return. A strict platoon is a possibility, but Showalter is not guaranteeing that.
The Orioles optioned infielder
Flaherty, who hit .216 with six home runs and 19 RBIs in 77 games last season, knows he can't take this next opportunity for granted as Roberts, his 35-year-old mentor, rehabs his way back.
"I felt like I had a pretty good spring," Flaherty said. "But now is when it counts."