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February 25, 2011

MacPhail says it's too early to be concerned about Roberts

Orioles President of Baseball Operations Andy MacPhail said that the team is not worried about Brian Roberts even as the veteran second baseman missed a third straight workout today because of a stiff neck.

“I don’t have any information to suggest it’s a concern at this present time,” MacPhail said.

Roberts woke up Wednesday morning with a sore neck. He had X-rays taken, but it was diagnosed as muscle spasms. Roberts said he didn’t think the discomfort was related to the herniated disk in his lower back, which limited him to 59 games last year.

MacPhail said that as of now, no further tests are planned on Roberts, whose condition has steadily improved. He also said that he’s hopeful that the leadoff hitter will rejoin workouts tomorrow.

“It’s Feb. 25. We have a long way to go,” MacPhail said.

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Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 12:04 PM | | Comments (10)


Wasn't it around this time last year that MacPhail said he was't concerned about Brian's back soreness? How many of you have ever woke up with a stiff neck and thought "gee maybe I better get go immediately and get an x-ray" I am extremely worried

It's not too early. I can't stand another season that ends with us complaining about how hard we were hit by injuries. Texas has a utility infielder looking for a way out. He can play every day, anywhere! We've got precious little room for injuries in the infield.

MacPhail should only be concerned about what he'll bring in a trade. Players can't help the Orioles win games if they are sitting on injured reserve list. Better to trade him a day too soon than a day too late.

I get muscle spasms too, in my lower back and my neck. Both are related to bulding discs. If you have problems with your lower back, you probably are going to have neck problems as well, everything is out of whack. I now use an inversion table, it works miracles stretching the spine back out, put the discs back in their place. The muscles are spasming to protect the spinal column.

"Hi, I am Brian Roberts, and I like to hit myself up-side the head with my baseball bat. Not only did i get a concussion, but for some odd reason, my neck hurts. But be assured, it is all unrelated."

theres always next year.

no need to be concerned cuz his career is done! Loved ya B rob thanks for the memories

These aren't the droids you're looking for.

"It's February 25. We have a long way to go."

That's the problem.

Roberts health is never an issue, until AFTER season tickets are sold. Then suddenly we'll hear more details and see Roberts go on the DL.

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