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Brian Roberts unsure what caused concussion-like symptoms

Oct 4, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

After sitting out the Orioles’ season finale yesterday for his sixth consecutive missed game Brian Roberts revealed that he’s been bothered by “concussion-like symptoms” that have led to “lack of balance and some headaches, and just stuff that hasn’t been a whole lot of fun.”
Roberts, who missed nearly the entire first half of the season with a herniated disk in his lower back, is scheduled to undergo a cat scan today in an effort to find the cause of the headaches. Here’s more from the All-Star second baseman:

I don’t know 100 percent sure [what caused the headaches], but it was 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.

Buck Showalter is getting most of the credit for Baltimore’s late-season turnaround, and rightfully so, but getting Roberts back into the lineup was also key for the Orioles. They went 29-26 with Roberts in the lineup during the second half as he hit .287/.361/.403 in 245 plate appearances.
He’s under contract for $10 million in each of the next three seasons.

  1. Snappy - Oct 4, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Its possible Brian Roberts is feeling the effects of numerous “sub-concussions”, blows to the head that don’t result in a serious injury, but which can add up over time. There have been more and more studies in Football players that show how common these injuries can be, even in practice. I doubt its just from whacking himself in the helmet when he’s frustrated, that can’t be a good idea.
    I’m sure baseball players, especially second basemen, have their share of bumps and bangs that add up over time. If your brain is already banged up to begin with, a seemingly minor injury can be the one to take you down. Brian Roberts is a fun player to watch, I hope he’s OK before too long.

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