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MLB Injury News:
The Baltimore Orioles have unfortunately grown used to being
without former All-Star second baseman Brian Roberts. While the team has proven
successful in his absence over the past two seasons, they’re excited to welcome
him back from his hamstring injury this weekend, according to Brittany Ghiroli
Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters that Roberts
is expected to be activated from the disabled list in time to join the team
tomorrow or Sunday – with Sunday being the more likely return date.
"We have a chance to see Brian sometime over the
weekend," Showalter said before the game. "He's progressing
Roberts will return as the O’s everyday second baseman, a
position that has been filled by Ryan Flaherty and Alexi Casilla. Combined,
Orioles’ second basemen have only mustered a batting line of .233/.290/.338
Roberts’ abilities have never been in question, as he’s been
a productive player since taking over as Baltimore’s regular second baseman in 2003.
However, since he signed his four-year, $40 million extension with the team he’s
struggled to stay healthy and on the field.
From 2004 until ’09, Roberts averaged over 140 games played
per season. Since 2010, he’s played in a combined 118 games as the result of
multiple ailments. While the Orioles are no longer using him as a leadoff
hitter, he does bring stability at second base and provides the team with a bat
that can get on base and turn the lineup over, assuming he can stay healthy.
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