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Brian Roberts out 2-4 weeks with ruptured knee tendon

Apr 5, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

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Brian Roberts has been diagnosed with a ruptured tendon in the back of his knee, which sounds really bad but apparently won’t require surgery and will only keep him out for 2-4 weeks, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.

Roberts, who was finally feeling healthy after having his career derailed by multiple concussions, got hurt while stealing second base in the Orioles’ win over the Rays yesterday. At the time it looked like a potentially serious injury and he had to be helped off the field, so 2-4 weeks qualifies as somewhat good news.

Roberts hasn’t been healthy and effective since 2009, but hit .310 this spring and was off to a nice 5-for-12 start before the injury. Ryan Flaherty and Alexi Casilla will fill in at second base.

  1. historiophiliac - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Rats. Well, sounds like his recovery time is less than mine. Funny, because I’m pretty sure we both were at the same fitness level. I kid, I kid. Go O’s!

    • paperlions - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:19 PM


      • historiophiliac - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        Your search did not generate any results. Try expaning your search with additional keywords for better results.

      • paperlions - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:51 PM

        Tigers = GRRRRRR!

        Orioles = Tweet?

      • historiophiliac - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:03 PM

        Oh, I don’t know. I pretty much just root for them b/c they are one of my baseball buddies’ team. Bundy! and Go O’s! is about the extent of my repertoire. What is it for you Woodpeckers? Clucking, right?

      • paperlions - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        Nah, we pretty much just cheer everything and hope that it’s the appropriate response.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:06 PM


      • natslady - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        No way. No Nats fan is cheering for Pete F’ing Kozma. EVER.

      • paperlions - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:13 PM

        Haha….who ever thought that Kozma would be “Bucky Dented” by a fan base?

      • natstowngreg - Apr 5, 2013 at 6:46 PM

        No one ever thought. That’s the point;. It can be the obscure player who is the biggest pain in a fan base’s collective neck. Consider, as another example, Gene Larkin’s effect on the Braves’ fan base in 1991.

        Though, to be fair, Bucky Dent wasn’t nearly as obscure as Pete Kozma when they did their respective nefarious deeds to the Red Sox and Nats fan bases.

        It would have been one thing to get beat by, say, Matt Holliday. Tip your cap to a quality hitter and move on. Pete Kozma gets no such cap tips.

  2. nolanwiffle - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    We won’t see him again until June 1st… it.

  3. ncm42 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Man, at what point does B-Rob just say enough is enough?

    • psuorioles - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      When his contract expires at the end of the season…

    • APBA Guy - Apr 5, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      Not sure why all the thumbs down for ncm, because with each successive injury, mentally it gets harder and harder to psych up for rehab to get to elite fitness. At what point? is a fair question.

  4. rockthered1286 - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    I’m getting online tonight and ordering a custom #1 O’s jersey, replacing “Roberts” with “Murphy’s Law.” Sounds about right.

  5. watermelon1 - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    i HIGHLY doubt that this only keeps him out 2-4 weeks.

    Would be great if that’s all, but I really doubt it.

  6. dluxxx - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    As a baseball fan, sad to see Roberts hurt again.

    As a Twins fan, I’m hoping that it’s Alexi Casilla filling in this weekend.

    • psuorioles - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      haha… Ryan Flaherty is getting the start today.

  7. carpi2 - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Funny how injury prone players always to find a way to land on the DL. This has nothing to do with his previous problems with concussions, however, players like him will never find a way to be healthy.

  8. rockthered1286 - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    At least it wasn’t a sammich related injury. I heard those are the worst.

  9. tuberippin - Apr 5, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Brian Roberts is reaping the painful “rewards” of having used PEDs when he was younger. What makes it worse is he was already injury-prone, but now he’s just brittle. It’s a shame because he has plenty of talent and can still hit the ball well, but the other aspects of the game (running the bases, fielding) make it damn near impossible for him to hold up over a full season any more.

    • Reflex - Apr 5, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      Really? Are you his doctor? Or were you his dealer? Also, when did PED’s have the ability to make someone turn their knee or get their head smashed in for a concussion?

      • tuberippin - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:34 AM

        Any type of steroid, when abused, diminishes the strength and stability of ligaments, tendons and joints.

        Makes no difference regardless, dude is done as far as productivity is concerned.

      • Reflex - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        1) Really? Any kind of steroid? The prednisone I use occasionally to control my asthma would have this impact? Oddly enough its not listed on the known side effects…

        2) Again, what does this have to do with Brian Roberts? What evidence do you have that steroids have anything to do with his condition? You do realize that 2B is the second toughest position to stay healthy at after catcher, right? Do you accuse Utley and Kinsler of steroid abuse too since both have missed huge chunks of time to similar injuries? And what do steroids have to do with concussions?

  10. rythestunner - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Just the sound of “ruptured knee tendon” sounds like a season-ending injury. I’m surprised that it only has a 2-4 week recovery period.

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