Orioles’ Roberts Still Out With Back Spasms

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, sidelined this week because of back spasms, will have an MRI exam on Saturday.

After the Orioles’ 13-6 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, manager Buck Showalter said Roberts saw a specialist and was given some “trigger-point injections.”

Roberts missed most of last season with a herniated disk in his back and a concussion. He slid headfirst into first base on Monday night against the New York Yankees and has not played since. He said Wednesday that he may have aggravated the condition.

Showalter said that he hoped the second baseman would be available for the season opener at Tampa Bay on April 1.

“We’re at a stage in spring training where we have opportunities,” Showalter said. “Time is on our side.”

Roberts has played in four games, and Showalter said he can’t see playing him again until at least Tuesday.

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

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