Your turn: Sans Roberts, who should be Orioles' leadoff man?

March 14, 2011|By Matt Vensel

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts has been sidelined with back spasms for a week now, and it's unclear when he'll return to the diamond down in Sarasota. Manager Buck Showalter says he isn't worrying yet, but he will be soon if Roberts remains sidelined.

The 33-year-old was limited to 59 games in 2010 because of a herniated disk in his back, and without a legitimate leadoff guy to fill his spot, the offense struggled in his absence.

The Orioles still don't have a clear replacement for Roberts should his injury keep him out of the lineup when the regular season begins next month. Felix Pie, J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis are options in the top spot, and Robert Andino or Ryan Adams could be in the mix if they make the Opening Day roster.

You tell me: If Roberts is injured, who is the Orioles' best option to hit in the leadoff spot?

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