Roberts gets injections in back, out several days
Brian Roberts, who has been out since Monday with spasms in his troublesome back, had “trigger-point injections” on Friday and is expected to have a MRI on Saturday.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said his All-Star second baseman, who has had just 12 at-bats this spring, will be out until at least Tuesday. He saw a specialist on Friday who examined him last year.
“He’s got a lot of tests from previous times that we are able to compare it to, and there wasn’t any real red flags today,” Showalter said. “So we’ll see how he plays in the next day or two but will probably let it quiet down for at least two or three days.”
Roberts, 33, has played in just four games this spring, going 3-for-12 with a double and two runs scored. The offense’s table setter was limited to 59 games in 2010 because of injuries including a herniated disk in his back.
He entered the spring saying he hadn’t felt so good in nearly two years, but now there is no set timetable for his return.
Showalter said it is early enough that the team is not too concerned.
“We are at a stage still in spring training where we’ve got opportunity, where time is on our side a little bit right now,” Showalter said. “So I don’t think we are at that point [of worrying] yet. But the big thing is to identify and see if we can do something to eliminate it and make sure we rule out anything else. But so far so good.”
Cesar Izturis played second base on Friday and minor leaguer Ryan Adams is expected to start at second in Saturday’s exhibition. The Orioles also have Robert Andino, Brendan Harris and Nick Green who can play second base.
“We have got plenty of people there we have been looking at,” Showalter said. “We’ll see what the rest of spring brings.”
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