I woke up with a headache, so I'm asking that everyone please blink a little softer today. Thanks much.
Each time that I've written about the lineup and how second base could shape up, I'm inevitably asked about Ryan Adams. I've been excluding him because his name hasn't come up in discussions with executive vice president Dan Duquette.
It could be a simple matter of Duquette focusing on Brian Roberts, Robert Andino and the players who have been acquired over the last few months - Matt Antonelli, Steve Tolleson and Rule 5 pick Ryan Flaherty. Duquette wasn't in the front office when Adams made his major league debut last season.
Adams will report to spring training with the other position players. Unless Duquette trades for a second baseman, Adams will be given a chance to win the starting job. But I think it's pretty clear that he's a long shot to be announced to the Camden Yards crowd on opening day.
Adams hit .281/.333/.326 with four doubles, seven RBIs and six walks and 25 strikeouts in 29 games with the Orioles. His defense has improved, but it's still a work in progress.
The Orioles invested a second-round pick in Adams back in 2006. It would be nice if the farm system produced a starter at second base if Roberts can't play or when he finally retires.
Adams will probably return to Triple-A Norfolk in April, but that decision hasn't been made. Not yet.
I haven't forgotten about Adams. I'm just waiting for someone in the organization to mention him with the other contenders.