BALTIMORE -- Brian Roberts did not play in Friday's scheduled extended spring game, as the Orioles' second baseman was sidelined with "unrelated back pain" and will be treated symptomatically for the next few days.
"From my understanding, it's not something that's terribly significant," president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said. "It might back him up a few days. We're going to have to see how it goes."
This is the first report of a setback for Roberts since he went to Baltimore's Minor League complex in Sarasota, Fla., last week. Roberts, who is rehabbing back from a herniated disk in his lower back, had reportedly been progressing at an encouraging rate, even coming to work out on his scheduled off-days.
Given the "minor setback," Roberts' original schedule, which worked up to a full game at second base June 10, could be altered. Former manager Dave Trembley had said that the hope was Roberts could start a rehab assignment following the full spring game.