Originally written on Oriole Post  |  Last updated 1/26/12
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A lingering topic at FanFest -- and for much of the off-season -- involved second baseman Brian Roberts.

As we all know, he’s missed much of the past two seasons dealing with post-concussion syndrome issues and other injuries. At this point, one has to ask – will Brian Roberts ever suit up for the Baltimore Orioles again?

Considering that he missed FanFest and not been heard from for much of the winter, who really knows?

There’s nothing he or anyone can do in this situation. I would imagine it is killing Roberts inside.

Everyone appreciates a guy who is as well-rounded as Roberts is on the field and at plate.

Right now, I am thinking that he will not be back to start the season. Also, if Roberts was to come back – would he ever be the same?

I would think if Roberts isn’t healthy enough to come back, Robert Andino would start the season at second. Andino filled in admirably for Roberts and in other slots around the infield; however, he’s not what I would call an everyday guy.

Over the past few years, Brian Roberts has obviously become a lightning rod for a group of fans.

Some people thought Brian Roberts was stealing millions from the Baltimore Orioles for his lack of productivity for the past two years; furthermore, there’s a minority who have accused him of grand larceny despite being out due to injury.

Sadly, considering the history of several players who have had concussions as of late – NHL superstar Sidney Crosby, Ryan Church, Justin Morneau & Jason Bay – Roberts’ outlook may not be all that rosy.

It’s now looking that the extension that Roberts signed years ago while Andy McPhail was at the helm of the Orioles will turn out to be a terrible deal.

Just a shame…

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