Robinson had originally planned on reporting on Tuesday, but wasn't allowed to be at the Ed Smith Stadium Complex premises while on waivers. He's been working out on his own instead. After clearing waivers and being outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk, Robinson is no longer on the Orioles' 40-man roster and joins a crowded camp of outfielders -- including Nate McLouth, Adam Jones, Nolan Reimold, Nick Markakis, Steve Pearce, Conor Jackson, Lew Ford, Chris Dickerson, Xavier Avery, L.J. Hoes and Jason Pridie.
"I didn't give up hope," Robinson said. "I can still make it to the big leagues, and it starts here -- it starts in Spring Training. I just want a long look, a long look to show what I can do at the big league level. I never really stayed in Spring Training long enough to even get somebody to look at me. Like last year, I was with the Mariners, I was playing good, [but] I just got sent down. I want a long look, I want somebody to look at me and see that what I did in the Minors, it's not a fluke. I just want to go out there and play."
The 25-year-old Robinson, who was acquired in a trade with the Seattle Mariners on Nov. 20 for infielder Robert Andino, hit .221 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 46 big league games in 2012. Before being recalled by the Mariners, he hit .265 with nine home runs and 41 RBIs in 83 games for Triple-A Tacoma.
Robinson was sent to Seattle at the Trade Deadline in 2011 along with Chih-Hsien Chiang in a three-way swap that sent pitchers Erik Bedard and Josh Fields to the Red Sox. At the time, Robinson was a Dodgers prospect and he made his big league debut a few weeks later with the Mariners, hitting .210 with two home runs and 14 RBIs in 44 games as a rookie.
Asked if he thought he'd have better luck in his third organization, Robinson wasn't sure.
"Maybe," Robinson said. "[I've] got a jersey on my back, so I'm not really complaining. I really think that I was real comfortable [with] the Dodgers and they flip-flopped [me] with the Mariners, and this [time with Baltimore] is a new start. Each day is a new day, you know. That's all that matters.
"At the end of the day, I just want to play baseball. It is what it is. Everything I've done, I've earned it. [I've] just got to earn my way back. It starts today."