SARASOTA, Fla. -- Brian Roberts fouled a ball off his right ankle in the bottom of the sixth inning in Wednesday's 6-5 win against Toronto, but the second baseman said he still expects to play Thursday night against the Pirates.
"It's fine, it'll be fine," said Roberts, who finished the at-bat, but exited after the inning along with the rest of the Orioles' starters. "Just sore, no big deal."
Manager Buck Showalter said Roberts, who joked he wanted to go out with a bang, was done for the afternoon after that fourth at-bat regardless. Roberts went 2-for-3 with a walk, driving in the go-ahead in the third inning.
"I'm not going to say it was the best ball he hit today, because it wasn't the best ball he hit today," Showalter said of the incident, "but he hit the ball well."
Roberts, who hasn't played a full season since 2009, has been full-go in Spring Training and is fresh off of his first spring road game on Tuesday afternoon. The plan is for him to play in his third consecutive game Thursday as the organization continues to be encouraged with the veteran's health and play.
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