Roberts out of lineup after root canal

Roberts out of lineup after root canal

KANSAS CITY -- Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts underwent a root canal on Tuesday, keeping him out of the lineup for the series opener in Kansas City.

"Hopefully, I'll be playing [Wednesday]," Roberts said.

Roberts was in some discomfort on Sunday, but played through it. During the Orioles' plane ride from Chicago to Kansas City on Monday night, Roberts began to experience severe pain.

"By the time we landed, we knew he had a problem," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

The Orioles were able to get Roberts a morning dental appointment after he had a sleepless night. Following the procedure, Roberts went to the hotel for a nap and then reported to Kauffman Stadium around 5 p.m. CT

"I think anybody who has had a root canal knows what we're talking about," Showalter said. "Hopefully, it's something that doesn't keep him down very long."