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Brian Roberts “is starting to do some more physical things”

Jun 15, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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Brian Roberts has been out since mid-May with a concussion, but manager Buck Showalter said yesterday that “he’s starting to do some more physical things” in extended spring training.

Arden Zwelling of reports that Roberts “has been progressing through an upper-body exercise plan” without any problems, but “the team isn’t taking any chances with” his return timetable.

At this point the goal is for doctors to clear Roberts to resume baseball activities on June 21, which makes a return before the All-Star break highly unlikely even if he can avoid setbacks.

  1. randomdigits - Jun 15, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Between self induced concussions and his history of back problems I do not expect Roberts to significantly contribute to a baseball season again. It is just a matter of if he retires or alternates playing and DL visits until his contract expires.

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 15, 2011 at 2:32 PM

      Yeah, but he’s a scrappy gamer. Diving, throwing his body around, unafraid of inju…….., never mind.

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