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Roberts placed on paternity list; Johnson activated

Roberts placed on paternity list; Johnson activated

Roberts placed on paternity list; Johnson activated

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles placed Brian Roberts on the paternity list Friday, as his wife is expecting the birth of the couple's first child. Reliever Steve Johnson was activated from the 15-day disabled list and will take Roberts' place on the active roster.

Roberts was at the hospital Friday morning to be with his wife.

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Ryan Flaherty was penciled into the lineup in place of Roberts, batting ninth and playing second.

Since Roberts returned from a hamstring injury, he's been the regular second baseman, and he has hit at or near the bottom of the order. He's batting .245/.283/.357 in 107 plate appearances this season, including three games at the beginning of the season before he was hurt.

Johnson was scheduled to pitch Saturday for Double-A Bowie in his recovery from a strained left oblique, but he will instead be added to the bullpen. He's been sidelined since June 6 with the injury.

Derek Wetmore is an associate reporter for MLB.com.. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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