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Orioles will start Robert Andino at second base if Brian Roberts can’t play

Feb 15, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

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Brian Roberts‘ health status remains in serious question because of last season’s concussion and manager Buck Showalter said yesterday that Robert Andino would likely be the everyday second baseman and might also be the leadoff hitter if Roberts can’t play.

Showalter told Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com that he’d ideally like Andino in a utility man role “moving all over the field” but called him “the leading candidate” and “the frontrunner” to replace Roberts if needed.

Roberts being in the Opening Day lineup hasn’t been ruled out, but much like Justin Morneau in Minnesota the Orioles simply have no idea how he’ll respond once the baseball activities begin to ramp up.

Andino played well in Roberts’ place last season, but is also a 28-year-old career .245 hitter with a .302 on-base percentage and .331 slugging percentage in 312 games. He’d be a plus defensively, but ideally Andino shouldn’t be playing regularly and definitely shouldn’t be batting atop the lineup.

Helluva smile, though.

  1. fellspointbird - Feb 15, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    I was hoping that Adams would get a good look this season, but Andino has shown flashes of ability before. Perhaps he will put it all together & make Buck look good for sticking up for him this year?

  2. joeflaccosunibrow - Feb 15, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    With a guaranteed contracts and on a team that will finish in 5th place with or without you, I would still have after-effects of a concussion too!

  3. sadie753 - Feb 15, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Would Billy Ripken be interested in returning??

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