SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts has returned to the practice field after missing three straight days with a stiff neck.

Roberts received an ultrasound treatment on his neck Saturday morning after participating in the team’s annual photo day. He then suited up and practiced for the first time since Tuesday.

Roberts had to get the approval of the athletic training staff before returning to the field. He said Friday that it would require a “group effort” to determine whether he could work out.

Normally a stiff neck in February isn’t a matter of concern, but Roberts played in only 59 games last season because of a variety of injuries, including a herniated disk in his back and a concussion.

Roberts probably won’t play when Baltimore opens its exhibition schedule Monday against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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