BALTIMORE -- Following Sunday's 4-2 loss in the season finale, Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts clarified the concussion-like symptoms that sidelined him for the team's final six games.
"I just have some lack of balance and some headaches, and just stuff that hasn't been a whole lot of fun," said Roberts, who is scheduled to get a CAT scan on Monday.
"I don't know 100 percent [what caused the headaches], but it was on Monday night. In frustration, I whacked myself on the head with my bat in the ninth. I had my helmet on. It's something I've done a million times, but I still can't tell you for sure if that was it. But that's the only thing that I can point to, because that night and the next morning, I just didn't feel good."
Roberts was a late scratch from Tuesday's game against Tampa Bay and played in just 59 games this season -- after missing three-and-a-half months with a herniated disk in his lower back. He said that he didn't anticipate this issue hampering his readiness for next spring and acknowledged that it has been one of the most trying seasons of his career.
"It's been one for the memory banks, but not for the best memory bank, I guess," Roberts said. "But there's been some good things. And just because things don't go exactly the way you want them to, it doesn't mean that it's all been a negative, a wash, because certainly since [manager Buck Showalter has] gotten here, we've done some great things. And I'll be ready to go February 2011. It just hasn't been the best 2010."
Showalter wants O's to earn fans' trust
BALTIMORE -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter admitted prior to Sunday's season finale that he isn't very good at goodbyes.
"It's kind of a 'see you later'," Showalter said in describing his farewell sentiment, following two months at the helm.
Showalter was officially introduced in Baltimore on Aug. 2, and he called his initial experience at the helm -- which included a surge in the team's play -- a "crash course" in the organization. In addition to managing day-to-day decisions, Showalter was constantly evaluating and auditioning players for the future, prompting him to acknowledge that he felt like he was here for all 162 games.
"It's been challenging, but it's been fun," Showalter said of his return to managing. "It's a labor of something I love -- and that mostly [has] to do with the players and the fans, and realizing how much it matters to the people who are really at the core of why we are doing this.
"Seeing the look on some of our fans' faces and different emotions about the Orioles -- which is what our players have embraced the last two months, trying to hold ourselves to a little different standard. Baltimore is what I hoped it would be -- as far as the people, the passion, the energy. They feel us. We've got to earn their trust again."
Showalter -- who entered Sunday's game 34-22 -- has been immensely well-received in Baltimore. He was the subject of a fan-vote "T-shirt Tuesday" and the O's recent surge has reinvigorated a fan base that has suffered through 13 consecutive losing seasons.
"I'd be less than honest if I said I wasn't aware of that feeling," Showalter said. "I don't take that lightly, but I also don't become intoxicated by it. [I] realize how fleeting that can be. It's a medal you should wear, it's something you are responsible for. You don't shirk that responsibility during the offseason. I think everybody here wants to do everything possible to keep that going."
Manager Buck Showalter plans on talking to the Orioles' current coaching staff on Monday and maintains that it's "the sooner, the better" in terms of announcing his plans for 2011. Showalter said on Sunday that he has an exact date in mind regarding when he would like things settled, but did not disclose when that would be. ... Orioles' longtime umpires attendant, Ernie Tyler, was rushed to the University of Maryland Medical Center on Saturday afternoon and later was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor, according to his son, Jimmy Tyler. He will undergo surgery, although that date is pending.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.