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Brian Roberts had sports hernia surgery in December

Jan 17, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

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After undergoing season-ending surgery last August to repair a torn labrum in his right hip, Brian Roberts went under the knife again last month. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, Roberts required surgery to repair a sports hernia on December 20 after he felt some discomfort and inflammation in his abdominal area.

While it would certainly be better news if he didn’t need the surgery at all, Roberts says he’s fully recovered and has already resumed baseball activities.

“If I was going to have any type of surgery, it’s probably the best one to have,” said Roberts, who talked with Matusz and Markakis before the procedure. “I knew it really wasn’t going to affect me much.”

Injuries have limited Roberts to a total of 115 games over the past three seasons, but he expects to be a “full go” for spring training. The 35-year-old is entering the final year of a four-year, $40 million contract with the Orioles.

  1. husky2score - Jan 17, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    I hope this is the end of the injury era for Brian Roberts. This kid has took long strides to get back to the Bigs, and he deserves the O’s second base spot.

    • DJ MC - Jan 17, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      I wouldn’t say he deserves it at all. He’s had barely 500 PAs total over the past three seasons, and hit for a .648 OPS. With all of the different injuries he suffered, and all of the time off, and the fact that he’s now 35, for him to return and be able to hit enough to keep a job, let alone run the bases and play defense at anywhere near historical levels, is going to be difficult.

      What he does deserve is an opportunity to win the job. Plus, considering that the Orioles don’t have much in the way of second basemen in the system beyond an unready Jonathan Schoop, he does have a great chance of winning it.

      I hope with all of my Orioles-loving heart that he does legitimately win the job and give the team one more productive season. My biggest worry, though, is that he’ll simply be given the role and too much rope to hurt the club before a change is made.

    • pipkin42 - Jan 17, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      He’s 35. He also deserves not to be called “kid.”

  2. chacochicken - Jan 17, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Brian is literally disintegrating before our eyes. He may actually shatter from a hard take-out slide into 2B.

  3. tomtravis76 - Jan 18, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    B-Rob was the face for many years, he was the one shiny pece for a dreadful franchise. Wish he was healthy last season, but it was good to see him in the dugout during the post season. O’s fans know he gave it all and without his efforts things would have been even worse at Camden.

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