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Roberts 'focused,' but Orioles taking it slow

Roberts 'focused,' but Orioles taking it slow

Roberts 'focused,' but Orioles taking it slow
HANOVER, Md. -- Brian Roberts said he's taking things slowly right now while recovering from the concussion that sidelined him for most of 2011, and he won't make any predictions about the future.

"I'm taking it one day at a time," Roberts said while attending the 33rd Annual Orioles REACH Holiday Party for Kids on Tuesday morning. "I'm not saying that in a bad way. There's where my life is right now. And I feel like that's the best way to handle it."

Roberts played in 39 games in 2011 -- none after mid-May -- due to a concussion and its lingering side effects, something that proved to be a frustrating experience.

The second baseman said Tuesday that he wouldn't speculate about where he might be at the start of Spring Training or the season.

"I can't look three months from now," Roberts said. "I can't look three months back. So I can take today, and I can take this week."

Injuries, including another concussion, limited Roberts to just 59 games in 2010. Roberts is clearly hoping to get back on the field, but he just doesn't know what the future holds.

"I'm very focused on what I'm trying to accomplish and what I'm doing," he said. "But that's really all I can look at at this point."

Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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