Roberts return won’t be til at least after the break
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.
Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said the team will continue to take a “wait and see” approach with Roberts who has not seen game action since May 16 at Fenway Park, when he started getting headaches after a headfirst slide into first base. The latest news means Roberts will not be back before the All-Star Break, and his return after that continues to be cloudy.
He is expected to be at PNC Park, where the Orioles are playing the Pirates in Interleague to join the team and do a light workout prior to Tuesday’s game. Roberts has been cleared to do a light upper-body exercise plan that was developed by Collins.
This is the second straight season that Roberts has been bothered with a long-term injury; he missed 59 games in 2010 with a herniated disk in his lower back. The 33-year-old also battled back and neck injuries this Spring Training after another headfirst slide into first base.