We haven’t heard much from Brian Roberts since he signed his one-year deal with the Yankees, but the long-time Orioles switch hitter was on the YES Network’s Hot Stove show tonight and talked about his health and his expectations for this season.
“I’m excited for the opportunity,” Roberts said. “My goal is just to come in and try and play as many games as they want me to be able play, and obviously help us get to where we want as an organization.”
Roberts has been through a series of injuries the past few years, including a hamstring injury that sidelined him just three games into the 2013 season. Most notable, though, has been Roberts’ lengthy struggle with concussion symptoms. He said the problems have fully subsided, and playing in 77 games last year was enough to wipe out any lingering concerns about those symptoms coming back.
“It’s great,” Roberts said. “That was by far the hardest year and a half of my life. When you go through what I went through, I wasn’t really thinking about playing baseball at that point, I was just thinking about trying to be a normal human being again and live my life and be a husband and a father. So, honestly, I never would have come back to baseball if I hadn’t been sure that the rest of that stuff is gone, and my doctors hadn’t assured me of that, and that sort of stuff. It is nice to put that behind me and feel like I can go out and be just a baseball player again.”
Earlier this month, Joe Girardi made it clear that he wants Roberts to be the Yankees regular second baseman this season. Roberts said there hasn’t been any talk of using him at different positions, and he’s hoping to be close to an everyday player.
“That’s our goal,” Roberts said. “That’s my goal is to be a second baseman the majority of the games. … My goal is to play in a World Series. I’ve had a lot of time to never play in a playoff game, and that’s what I’m excited for.”
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