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Brian Roberts to begin rehab assignment Wednesday

May 22, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

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Brian Roberts hasn’t appeared in a major league game since last May 16. But that may soon change.

According to MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli, Roberts is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Wednesday evening with the Double-A Bowie Baysox.

The Orioles want to let the veteran second baseman get through a week or two of games before beginning to talk about a return date for fear that he might suffer yet another setback in his year-long battle with post-concussion syndrome. But he’s currently on track for a mid-to-late June activation.

Roberts, 34, owns a .281/.353/.416 career batting line. He could certainly be of help to the first-place O’s.

  1. quonce - May 22, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    This would make me smile, but please let’s go slow with this for Brian. Let’s minimize set backs as much as possible.

    this guy once had 3 straight 50 double seasons not long ago, only a handful of players can say that, and most if not all were hall of famers.

    Best of luck Brian!

    • jwbiii - May 23, 2012 at 1:09 AM

      Not three in a row, but nobody has done that. The other three who have hit at least 50 doubles at least three times, Stan Musial, Tris Speaker (5), and Paul Waner, are indeed Hall of Famers.

      Todd Helton and Albert Pujols each have two 50 double seasons, but neither has done it in quite a few years.

  2. ravensnosncaps - May 22, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Andino has filled in nicely, no rush!!!!!

  3. chuckleberry1974 - May 22, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    It’s a nice problem to have

  4. rockthered1286 - May 23, 2012 at 7:16 AM

    The O’s will then have 20 days to make a decision on whether or not they will move B Rob up the ranks or put him back on the DL.

    I’m truly hoping things go well with this Bowie stint and we see Roberts come up soon. I still think Andino to third, B Rob in at second, put Reynold on the trading block for ANYTHING and keep Betemit as your utility infielder.

    Resurgence of Brian Roberts and Britton on his way back up which will end up moving Hunter either into the pen or back down… this team continues to get scarier as the year progresses. Let’s not forget Reimold still hanging around the DL, and hopefully he can return at some point. His bat was on fire prior to his back issue.

    O’s are becoming the Beast of the AL East.

    • dangle13x - May 23, 2012 at 10:18 AM

      I’m enjoying this run, but to call them the beast of the AL East is asinine. I don’t care if they win the division this year, they are at best the 3rd most talented team in that division. For what it’s worth though, go O’s.

      • rockthered1286 - May 24, 2012 at 12:07 PM

        Lighten up bud. Orioles baseball has never been about the big picture since Angelos came around. It’s all about living in the moment, because that’s pretty much all we have to keep us coming to the games these days. Saying we are at best the third most talented team is all speculative. You can’t assess the talent of an Xavier Avery versus the likes of BJ Upton, simply because XA is fresh to the league and has no experience. In terms of skill based upon experience? 3rd at best I agree. But overall skill, who knows until we get to September. If they are still on top, you’d be hard pressed to convince me they are not the most talented team in the division and got there on nothing but luck.

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