Brian Roberts In Orioles' Lineup Tuesday

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Brian Roberts Draws 2 Walks In Rehab Start

The headline here on May 24, 2011:

Brian Roberts Out Three Weeks With Concussion

What optimistic little scamps we all were! On a geological time scale, we absolutely nailed it. But in baseball terms, that projection was way off, as Roberts struggled with post-concussion syndrome for the entire 2011 season. There was obviously a chance that he could never come back, like Mike Matheny.

But Roberts is playing in the double-A Eastern League right now, as he started a 30-day rehab assignment on Wednesday. From MASN:

Roberts drew a five-pitch walk in the bottom of the first, then walked on four pitches to start the bottom of the third for the Baysox. He scored a run but didn't have to slide. He was in the middle of a 6-4-3 double play in the top of the third but it was pretty routine and there was no takeout slide of the runner coming at him.

Concussions are awful, pernicious things, so for Roberts to get back on the field at all is a huge step. He was pleasantly surprised with how things went, too.

"You know what, it really didn't feel much different," Roberts said. "I didn't know what to expect, but it felt a lot more normal than I thought it was going to. I'm definitely excited about that and to share this with my family and my doctor, who I know will be thrilled. This was a very good first step tonight."

Imagine a ninth-inning home run from Roberts to stretch out the Orioles' AL East lead in September. Camden would melt. It's not like Orioles fans haven't earned it.

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Brian Roberts: Still Working On Comeback To Orioles From Concussion

Concussions in sports are tricky things, as we have learned from the case of Justin Morneau, who is still trying to make it back to his previous form nearly two years after he suffered one in a game against the Blue Jays.

Baltimore’s Brian Roberts also had a concussion, or multiple ones, and has not been able to play much the last two seasons; in 2011 he played in just 39 games, hitting .221/.273/.331, far below his career norms.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Roberts is “progressing”, but his future is still uncertain:

Roberts is gradually beginning to do more baseball work on the back fields of the Ed Smith Stadium Complex. He’s begun taking live batting practice from coaches, and for the past week he’s been working with former Orioles shortstop Mike Bordick taking ground balls. He’s also be doing running and stretching activities with special assistant Brady Anderson.

The next step in Roberts’ progress — which would seemingly be facing live pitching from teammates — isn’t clear.

The Sun reports that the Orioles expect to begin the season with Robert Andino as their second baseman. Roberts is now 34 and the Orioles owe him $10 million this year and $10 million in 2013, so both he and the team have an interest in getting him healthy and on the field. Just when that might happen is unknown.

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Brian Roberts Out Until After All-Star Break With Concussion

When Brian Roberts first hit the DL with either a concussion or concussion-like symptoms -- these days, who can tell? -- the prognosis was that he would miss another three weeks, at least.

Well, that was three weeks ago. And now's when the "at least" comes into play. From Brittany Ghiroli (via MLB.com):

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts saw concussion specialist Dr. Michael Collins in Pittsburgh on Tuesday and was given the same prognosis as two weeks ago: rest.

Roberts hasn't played since the 16th of May. That was five weeks ago. Now he's not expected back before the All-Star break, which is another three weeks. After that, who knows? As we've seen with a number of players, most famously Justin Morneau, once a player's missed more than few games with these symptoms, it's essentially impossible to guess when he'll be ready to play again.

As Ghiroli points out, this is the second straight season in which Roberts has missed a big chunk of time; last year it was a herniated disk in his lower back. In Roberts' absence, Robert Andino has manned second base for the Orioles. Andino's not much of a hitter, and is probably miscast as an every-day second baseman. Buck Showalter doesn't really have great options until Roberts is healthy, but it would be nice to see young Ryan Adams get a real look.

For much more about the Orioles, please visit Camden Chat.

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Brian Roberts Out Three Weeks With Concussion

Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts spent time on the disabled list last season with concussion-like symptoms that might have been a result of Roberts whomping himself in the batting helmet with his bat. While he spent the first part of this season dealing with back and stomach issues, it looks like his head is a concern again. From Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com:

Roberts will rest for 2 more wks,.at least 3 wks away from returning.

Roberts saw a concussion specialist, who decided that more rest was needed. The Orioles' second baseman was originally put on MLB's new seven-day DL for concussions, but it's likely now that the Orioles will transfer him to the 15-day list in order to keep a replacement for Roberts on the 25-man roster longer.

Concussions are a tricky, tricky thing -- and it's not like there's a guarantee that they get better over time. So this is a pretty scary story, especially considering that Roberts thinks he hurt himself this time by sliding head-first into first base -- hardly something that causes a lot of concussions around the league.

The Orioles will use Robert Andino in Roberts's place in the lineup, where he will team with J.J. Hardy at the keystone.

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