Roberts could return Suday

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts is tentatively scheduled to play Sunday’s game against the Rays in Port Charlotte.

Roberts — who was on the field taking batting practice pregame — has been sidelined by back spasms since March 7 and has been on a similar schedule to Derrek Lee, who made his Grapefriut League debut Saturday.

[The] plan is for [Lee] and Robby to play tomorrow over in Port Charlotte if everything goes well today,” manager Buck Showalter said prior to Saturday’s game.  

“[We will] see how they are in the morning. It’s that time of year, I’m going to take most everybody over there [Saturday].”

The Orioles leadoff hitter, Roberts has played in four spring games and gone 3-for-12 (.308) at the plate. While there’s a chance both Lee and Roberts could play in Monday’s Minor League game, Showalter said right on he’s leaning against is.

“I’d rather give them that day,” Showalter said of the scheduled off day.  “Keep in mind they haven’t been playing, but they’ve been conditioning, the whole nine yards forever. So I’d like to give them that day if they can. We will see how they feel.

They might get through that game [Sunday] and come in and say, ‘Hey I want to get some [more]at -bats. It’s a moving target.”

*Also Koji Uehara has a side today and if that goes well he could progress to the mound next.

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