Second baseman Brian Roberts, who has been on the disabled list since injuring his right hamstring in the third game of the season, traveled back with the club from Florida on Sunday night and was in the clubhouse Monday.
“It’s great to be back, certainly,” said Roberts, who had hamstring surgery May 9. “You feel kind of like you’re isolated on an island [in Sarasota]. It’s always good to be around the guys, to feel like you’re part of a team.”
Roberts, who was with the club during the three games against Tampa, said he still doesn’t have an exact timetable for his return, “but I think we’re in the homestretch.”
He is expected to go onto a brief rehab assignment — probably between two games and a week — once he has completely built up his running progression and can stop, start and pivot when necessary. He’s not quite there yet.
In the last year of his contract, the 35-year-old Roberts, said being around the club this week reinforced just how badly he misses the game and its competition.
“There’s nothing to compare it to, being in this atmosphere,” said Roberts, who has played in just 118 games since the start of 2010. “You don’t get to do it for a real long time, all things considered, in your career and your lifespan, so every chance I get to be in this atmosphere, I want to be in it. I don’t know how much longer I have left to be in it and I want to be around it as much as possible.”
Right-hander Dylan Bundy threw 25 times at 60 feet Monday in Sarasota, the first step in his throwing progression. The club’s top pitching prospect had been battling stiffness in his right forearm and elbow and underwent a Platelet Rich Plasma injection on April 29. He has not thrown in a game since March.
Outfielder Nolan Reimold (right hamstring) could start a rehab assignment by the end of the week. Showalter said the rehab stint would likely last two to seven games. Reimold hasn’t played since May 11 at Minnesota.
“He’s actually been taking batting practice,” Showalter said. “He’s been hitting. He just hasn’t been hitting in a game. I’d (hate to) hazard a guess at this point — a lot of it would depend how he feels the first couple of games down there, but it’d be multiple games. It wouldn’t be one-and-come, that’s for sure.”
Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen is continuing his rehab from a strained right oblique suffered May 12. Showalter said Chen will rejoin the team once he starts throwing off the mound.
Around the Horn
High-A Frederick left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez was named Orioles Minor League Pitcher of the Month. He is 6-2 with a 2.94 ERA. … Triple-A Norfolk first baseman Travis Ishikawa was named Orioles Minor League Hitter of the Month. He’s batting .318/.414/.532 on the season with seven home runs, 30 RBIs and 16 doubles for the Tides. … Sunday was the second time the Orioles hit at least seven doubles in a game this season. The Chicago Cubs are the only other team to accomplish the feat multiple times. … Triple-A Norfolk third baseman Zelous Wheeler was named International League Hitter of the Week on Monday. He hit safely in all seven games with a .375 average, four home runs and 11 RBIs.
Baltimore Sun reporter Daniel Gallen contributed to this article.