Roberts to start rehab assignment tonight

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts is expected to begin a rehab assignment Saturday night for short-season Aberdeen as the veteran infielder tries to avoid surgery on a labral tear in his right hip.

It’s unknown what Roberts’ exact schedule is but the 34-year-old had been working out at the team’s spring facility in Sarasota, Fla. and will begin a rehab assignment that –according to League rules – can only be 20 days.

Roberts has played in just 17 games this season, making his season debut on June 12 after being activated off the 60-day disabled list following a concussion. It was a triumphant return in which he went 3-for-4 with an RBI in his first Major League game since May 16, 2011. But he struggled to keep up that momentum, hitting the DL –with what was originally deemed to be a groin strain — with a .182 batting average, five RBIs and two runs scored.

The Orioles are also currently without the services of Robert Andino (left shoulder strain) who had been filling in for Roberts at second. MASNSports.com first reported the news of Roberts’ rehab.

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