Roberts out 2-4 weeks

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts will be sidelined 2-4 weeks with ruptured tendon behind his right knee.

The injury won’t require surgery and it’s a tendon typically used to repair a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) so you can live without it. Roberts was placed on the disabled list prior to Friday’s home opener –with what was termed a right hamstring strain– with infielder Yamaico Navarro already here to take his place on the active roster.

Roberts, who exited Thursday’s game in the top of the ninth inning, underwent an MRI on the area at 10 a.m. Friday morning and the 35-year-old had held out hope that he would avoid the DL.

“This is something that regardless of what [the MRI] says, will heal, and he will play for us again,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “We hope that Alexi [Casilla] and Ryan [Flaherty] can help us hold down the fort until he comes back. We’ve had to do it before; it’s just another challenge but not only [for] Brian, but our team.”

The injury occurred when Roberts stole second base at Tropicana Field and grabbed the back of his right knee in pain when he came up. He was helped off the field by head athletic trainer Richard Bancells and first base coach Wayne Kirby, putting a damper on the Orioles’ series win. <p>

Roberts has dealt with a host of injuries and hasn’t played a full season since 2009, said Thursday night he has never had a hamstring injury and was understandably down about the injury.

Asked how he felt mentally, Roberts said: “Not too great. I don’t know. I don’t have a whole lot of words for it right now. Frustrated, but we’ll get the results and hopefully move forward.”

Roberts worked hard to be a full-go this spring and had looked to be more of his old self in the field and at the plate. He hit .417 in three games, batting ninth for the Orioles in their season-opening series, and had been looking forward to suiting up in Friday’s home opener.

Instead, Flaherty got the start at second base against Twins righty Liam Hendriks with Casilla also figuring to get more playing time there.

“Everyone knows what I can do,” said Casilla, who ran for Roberts after he got hurt Thursday. “I can play short, second, even third. I’ll be ready for anything. I just want to help the team.”

In addition, Casilla’s played with Hardy before, which will help the new Oriole settle into his spot at second base.

Navarro drove up from Triple-A Norfolk Thursday night and is a 25-year old infielder who’s played a total of 71 games in the Major Leagues, seeing time with the Pirates and Red Sox.

2 Comments

It’s not as bad as it looked yesterday but nobody who follows this team should be surprised he got hurt again.

Brian seems to be cursed. A real good guy on and off the field. Just full of bad luck. What I’ve seen of Navarro he is quite capable of picking it at a couple of the infield spots. Hope for a quick return of Brian! Even though it’s only 3 games into the season the O’s really look good so far and I see no reason that their hitting and defense can’t continue.

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