B-Rob on DL, Turner here
Brian Roberts was
placed on the disabled list with a strained abdominal muscle on Monday
Roberts suffered the injury Friday afternoon while sliding
into the bag on a successful attempt to steal second. The O’s leadoff hitter,
Roberts walked to open Friday’s game, and the impact of the bag hitting his
midsection is what is believed to have caused the muscle strain. Roberts said
he immediately felt the strain, and after scoring the game’s first run, he did
Roberts was starting in his fourth straight game Friday,
despite being slowed this spring with a herniated disk in his lower back. Orioles manager Dave Trembley reiterated that Roberts’ ab injury is not related to
his back, and said that Saturday’s report from Richie Bancells was much more
optimistic than his original prognosis.
One of the league’s best leadoff hitters, Roberts snapped an
0-for-10 skid with two hits on Thursday night, picking up his first stolen base
in the Orioles’ 5-4 win against the Rays.
Roberts hit .211 with two doubles in 19 spring at-bats, and
will be replaced on the 25-man roster by Justin Turner.
Turner hit .300 with 43 RBIs in 108 games with Triple-A
Norfolk last season, and .167 with three RBIs in 12 games as a rookie with the
Orioles. The 25-year-old infielder hit .344 (11-for-32) with a homer and seven
RBIs in 16 spring games and will be used mostly for depth, as Julio Lugo
figures to get the bulk of Roberts’ playing time.
Roberts hit .283 with a .356 on-base percentage and a .451
slugging percentage in 159 games last season. The 32-year-old hit 16 homers
with 79 RBIs and a franchise-record 56 doubles. The latter number set the all-time
single-season mark for two-baggers in a season by a switch-hitter.