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Brian Roberts nearing rehab assignment

Jun 11, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Brian Roberts finally made it back from the concussions that threatened to ruin his career only to suffer a hamstring injury that required surgery, but the Orioles second baseman is getting close to returning from that as well.

Roberts is five weeks removed from surgery and has started traveling with the Orioles at his request because “it gives you more motivation” and “it keeps you so much more involved.”

Of course, he’ll leave the team once he’s cleared to actually begin a minor-league rehab assignment, but Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com reports that there’s no timetable for that yet. Roberts has said that once the rehab stint does start he expects it to be a brief one, although given his recent health track record it would be tough to blame for the Orioles if they wanted him to spend more than just a few games in the minors.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    It’s tough to tell with him – you want to split the difference between getting him some AB’s to get the rust off and getting him the heck up to the big club before the next DL stint hits.

  2. joeflaccosunibrow - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    He is the 3rd highest paid golfer in the USA.

    • lapsncaps - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      Because of his concussions, I am sure he hasn’t played golf in a few years. But I will call him the second highest paid bench coach (after Jeter).

  3. heyblueyoustink - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    He would make the All “Looks like he could be a Pirate” team.

    Like in Black Bart, not Pittsburgh.

    • duckthefodgers - Jun 11, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      Not pirate like in butt?

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 11, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        Who’s to say.

  4. randomdigits - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    I would think that a desire to earn a $10,000,000 paycheck would be all the motivation one would need.

    Let’s see since he signed his extension Roberts has been on the DL for an extended period with:

    Back Injury
    Concussion
    Concussion
    Hip
    Hamstring

    It would have been nice for him to have cut strings with the organization before the season so they could have addressed second base in a real fashion. Instead the O’s are stuck with Flaherty and his struggle to reach replacement level production.

  5. 13arod - Jun 11, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    2 days later he will get hurt again

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