Roberts set back with virus

This will be up on the site later, but for the sake of speed…

SARASOTA, Fla. — Brian Roberts’ progression in rehabbing a slight herniated disc in his back hit a speed bump Monday night, after taking medication that upset his stomach.

Orioles manager Dave Trembley said Roberts was prescribed a megadose pack on Sunday, similar to a cortisone shot, to help reduce the inflammation and is now suffering from a stomach virus.

Roberts was confined to the team’s training room on Tuesday and the initial course of action is to stay away from baseball-related activities for the following three days.

“He’ll be rechecked on Thursday,” Trembley said. “And we’re confident that’s when he’ll start baseball activities again.”

The 32-year-old Roberts began experiencing nagging back spasms during his offseason workouts at the Athletes’ Performance Institute in Arizona, and was originally misdiagnosed with kidney stones before doctors found the herniated disc a week later.

Prior to the illness, Roberts had been progressing nicely from his injury. The former All-Star hadn’t seen any game action, but was a full-go in the Orioles practices, even taking full-fledged swings in live batting practice.

“You saw him out here. He’s doing everything. He’s taking ground balls, turning double plays, taking BP,” Trembley said. “But there was still some inflammation there, so they thought maybe take this medication orally, that would alleviate it. So he took it.”

Trembley said Roberts didn’t take the medication because of a setback, and was still optimistic that the team would be able to get their starting second baseman on track this spring.

Both Trembley and hitting coach Terry Crowley believe a regular position player like Roberts needs 25-30 at-bats to be ready for the season.

“I’m still confident we can get him that, but I’d still like to see him on the field,” Trembley said. “But you can’t get him on the field now that he’s sick.”

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