Barring a last-minute setback, all indications are that
Roberts' 20-day minor league rehab assignment window closes Monday, and he likely played his final rehab game Sunday, going 0-for-4 for Triple-A Norfolk in a 4-2 loss at Buffalo.
Roberts, who hasn't played in a major league game since May 16, 2011 because of concussion symptoms, hit .238 (10-for-42) with one home run, four RBIs and seven walks in 13 minor league rehab games at Norfolk, Double-A Bowie and Class-A Delmarva.
"Obviously, we're hoping that Robby joins us Tuesday and we'll have a decision to make and unlike years past, we'll be sending some people out that we'd like to keep," manager
It's still unclear how often or in what capacity Roberts would play. During his rehab assignment, he gradually built up innings and at-bats to the point that he was playing in complete games.
The Orioles would likely option infielder
Once Roberts returns, it leaves Showalter with the dilemma of where to play current starting second baseman
"I like the idea that Robert is a guy who has always felt comfortable playing almost anywhere," Showalter said. "If Brian had been further along with this, I would have played [Andino] a lot in the outfield this spring. We talked about that. But we'll continue to make use of Robert's skill.
"I'm not 100 percent sure about the outfield. I'd be surprised. I talked to some people with the
Options aplenty for Saturday spot start
There's still a lot of baseball to be played before the Orioles need to make a decision on their starting pitcher for Saturday's game in Atlanta.
The Orioles have had four off-days since May 24, meaning they've needed a fifth starter just once —
It depends a lot on how much the club's bullpen is taxed in the days leading up to Saturday. Long-reliever
If bullpen arms can't be used for a spot start, the Orioles could look to Norfolk. Right-hander
Another option is newly-signed 49-year-old right-hander
One unlikely option is left-hander
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