Roberts to DL, Avery activated (w. lineups)

*The Orioles will place Brian Roberts on the 15-day disabled list before the start of Tuesday’s game, as the 34-year-old second baseman was diagnosed with a right groin strain after an MRI was taken in Seattle earlier in the day.

Roberts first alerted manager Buck Showalter to some groin soreness on Monday afternoon and he was not in the lineup for Monday’s series opener against the Mariners. He came to Safeco Field on Tuesday afternoon  in worse condition and was able to immediately get tests taken to further diagnose the injury. Roberts’ trip to the DL means the Orioles can activate outfielder Xavier Avery within the 10 day window. Avery was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after Saturday’s game.

Roberts made his season debut on June 12 after being activated off the 60-day DL, a triumphant return in which he went 3-for-4 with an RBI in his first Major League game since May 16, 2011. He has a .182 batting average with five RBIs and two runs scored in 17 games, and is expected to report to the team’s spring complex in Sarasota, Fla. to rehab.

The injury joins a long list of injured O’s including Nick Markakis, Nolan Reimold –who is likely out for the season — Endy Chavez, Taylor Teagarden, Nick Johnson and Stu Pomeranz.

*Markakis (right wrist) amped up his efforts in Tuesday’s batting practice with short-season Aberdeen with positive reports, according to Showalter. The team is hoping Markakis can start playing rehab games as early as Thursday.

*Chavez (left hamstring strain)  started running at the team’s spring complex in Sarasota, Fla.

*Teagarden served at designated hitter for the Gulf Coast League on Tuesday, going 1-for-3 with a walk.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Xavier Avery LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis RF
Adam Jones CF
Jim Thome DH
Matt Wieters C
Wilson Betemit 1B
Ryan Flaherty 3B
Robert Andino 2B

Wei Yin Chen SP

MARINERS LINEUP

Ichiro Suzuki RF
Casper Wells LF
Kyle Seager 3B
Jesus Montero DH
Miguel Olivo C
Michael Saunders CF
Justin Smoak 1B
Dustin Ackley 2B
Brendan Ryan SS

Felix Hernandez RHP

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