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Brian Roberts cleared to return to Orioles’ lineup

Mar 20, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

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Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts was shut down in the middle of March due to soreness in his back. For a guy with his recent injury history, it seemed likely that the soreness would linger right on into the start of the regular season.

Not so.

According to MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli, Roberts is back in the Baltimore lineup Sunday for the O’s afternoon Grapefruit League matchup with the Rays.

He was able to take batting practice Friday and then again on Saturday. When he arrived at the ballpark Sunday morning with no abnormal pain or discomfort, the Orioles decided to clear him for action.

Roberts, 33, played in only 59 games last season and finished with an underwhelming .745 OPS in 230 at-bats. He’s hoping to bounce back with health on his side here in 2011.

  1. jetersusedjersey - Mar 20, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    I don’t see him playing a full year.

  2. Panda Claus - Mar 20, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    After Andy MacPhail made numerous off season acquisitions on the cheap, mainly as risky bargain pickups on damaged players, Roberts was one player I was hoping would be healthy.

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