Joe announced recently that he sees newest Yankee Brian Roberts as the everyday second baseman this season. Those were bold words when talking about a guy who hasn't played in triple digit games since 2009 and has played in fewer than 200 total in the last 4 seasons. Roberts' career has been completely derailed by injury problems and players who start getting hurt all the time in their early 30s generally don't stop getting hurt when they turn 36. Roberts was a guest on "Yankees Hot Stove" last night and he commented on his expectations relative to playing time for the upcoming season:
“I’m excited for the opportunity. 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 said he was healthy and felt good and was ready to go, but the phrasing of "try and play as many games as they want me to be able play" leaves me feeling a little skittish. I'm all for seeing what Roberts is capable of now that he's healthy, even though I don't expect it to be much. I'm not too keen on the idea of running him out there every day until he breaks down and leaving the team with another roster hole to fill. It's OK to want Roberts to play every day and hope that he can. It's not OK to expect him to or anticipate that he will.