Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts was injured
during Thursday’s contest against the Tampa Bay Rays. The veteran had to be
assisted off the field, and fans prepared for the worst-possible news
considering Roberts’ lengthy injury history. Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun
announced yesterday that Roberts was diagnosed with a ruptured tendon in the
back of his knee, an injury that is expected to require a recovery period of
two to four weeks.
Brian Roberts has a ruptured tendon in the back of his knee, looking like 2 to 4 week injury, accoridng to ath trainer Richie Bancells
— Dan Connolly (@danconnollysun) April 5, 2013
Roberts hasn’t been able to catch a break in recent seasons.
He appeared set to resume his career this year after having basically his early
30’s seasons taken away from him due to concussions.
Roberts signed a four-year, $40 million contract with the O’s
prior to the 2010 season. Since then, he’s appeared in 118 games for the club,
hitting .248/.311/.344. His batting line prior to the contract was .284/.356/.421.
With Roberts on the disabled list, the Orioles will use Ryan
Flaherty and Alexi Casilla to fill in at second base. While Roberts was a
leadoff man for much of his career, he had hit ninth early this season, so he
won’t be as hard to replace in the batting order.
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