Ever since Andy McPhail took over as General Manager, Baltimore Orioles fans have had this year circled.
This is supposed to be the year that we saw signs that all of the waiting and developing of prospects was going to show itself.
However, as Spring Training is three-quarters done, it seems that something unforeseen could stand in the way—injuries.
Every manager in baseball will say the same thing about his team's record in Spring Training: It doesn’t matter.
While I agree that your record doesn’t matter, what happens there is crucial.
Coming into the spring, the Orioles had four major players that either used the offseason as time to heal or were still injured coming in: Nolan Reimold (Achilles), Brad Bergesen (shin and shoulder), Adam Jones (ankle), and Brian Roberts (back).
While Roberts’ injury has been the most publicized, all of these should be concerns.