SEATTLE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles placed infielder Brian Roberts on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a strained right groin, retroactive to July 2. The Orioles recalled outfielder Xavier Avery from Triple-A Norfolk to replace him.

Roberts is hitting .182 in 17 games since making his return from a concussion June 12. The oft-injured Roberts had just 163 at-bats last season and 230 at-bats in 2010.

Avery is back with the Orioles for the third time. He’s hit .222 in 18 games. Avery made his Major League debut with Baltimore on May 13.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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