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Roberts' concussion symptoms force shut down

Posted on: May 24, 2011 6:46 pm
Edited on: May 24, 2011 7:26 pm
By Matt Snyder

Last week, the Orioles placed Brian Roberts on the new-for-2011 seven-day disabled list with concussion symptoms. The initial thought was that he'd be back after the seven days and the move was simply precautionary. Instead, symptoms have yet to subside and a doctor specializing in concussion care has recommended absolutely no physical activity for Roberts for two weeks. Roberts would then be re-evaluated. (Roch Kubatko via Twitter)

The Orioles have told reporters that they're hoping to have Roberts back in three weeks, but that could prove to be a tall order. As the entire sporting world continues to learn more about long-term effects of concussions, leagues and franchises are becoming much more cautious when symptoms linger. Jason Bay and Justin Morneau missed significant periods of time last season with after-effects of concussions. (Morneau was out the entire second half of 2010.) If someone, like Roberts, is forced to shut things down for two weeks, that can't be a sign things will come easy in the near future.

Perhaps another bad omen? Orioles president Andy MacPhail reportedly left the door open to the possibility that the Orioles will seek help at second base from outside the organization (Kubatko). Even if the deal is minor, it goes without saying that an organization isn't going to pull the trigger on a trade or a low-reward, free-agent signing if a starter is really expected back in three weeks.

Roberts, 33, hasn't played since May 16. He is hitting .221/.273/.331 in 39 games. Once one of the better second basemen in baseball, Roberts has tailed off the past two seasons, mostly due to injuries.

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Posted on: May 24, 2011 7:33 pm

Roberts' concussion symptoms force shut down

I wonder just how much being named in the Mitchell Report has to do with Roberts' injury situation the last couple of years.

He seemed like such a good guy before being named in the report; it's too bad, really.  Hopefully he gets over this concussion and the recurring symptoms and comes back strong. 

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