Roberts to visit hip specialist in Baltimore

Roberts to visit hip specialist in Baltimore

Roberts to visit hip specialist in Baltimore
SEATTLE -- Brian Roberts flew back to Baltimore on Wednesday morning, and the second baseman will see a hip specialist and undergo an MRA (Magnetic Resonance Angiogram) on the area to help the Orioles further diagnose his injury.

Roberts was put on the 15-day disabled list with a right groin strain prior to Tuesday's game, although manager Buck Showalter said the team isn't sure what they're dealing with yet. An MRA is similar to an MRI except contrast dye is injected into the area for a clearer picture. Roberts had an MRI on Tuesday that Showalter said was "pretty good, all things considered."

This is the second trip to the DL for Roberts this season, and it is an all-too-familiar scenario for the Orioles, who have had their leadoff hitter -- and longest tenured current player -- for just 115 games over the past three seasons.

Roberts made his season debut on June 12 after being activated off the 60-day DL, a triumphant return in which he went 3-for-4 with an RBI in his first Major League game since May 16, 2011. But he struggled to keep up that momentum, hitting the DL with a .182 batting average, five RBIs and two runs scored in 17 games.