Orioles 2B Brian Roberts progressing, but next step in recovery unclear

SARASOTA, Fla. – Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts said Wednesday morning that he has more good days than bad in his recovery from multiple concussions.

Roberts is gradually beginning to do more baseball work on the back fields of the Ed Smith Stadium complex. He has begun taking live batting practice from coaches, and for the past week, he has been working with former Orioles shortstop Mike Bordick, taking ground balls. He’s also doing running and stretching activities with special assistant Brady Anderson.

The next step in Roberts’ progress -- which would seemingly be facing live pitching from teammates -- isn’t clear.

“I don’t know what the next step is,” Roberts said. “When we get to point where I guess I feel like I’m to the point where the next step is, we’ll figure out what the next step is. Even when I was healthy, I wasn’t hitting off live pitchers before I played in games. I never liked doing that anyways.”

But as for when Roberts might be able to get into a game situation, he shrugged.

“I look at today,” he said. “That’s it.

Roberts said he’s able to do most of the weightlifting exercises he needs to, and he feels like he’s been able to get his legs from under him with his conditioning.  

“It’s still a progression,” he said. "We have steps that we’re taking, and it’s a pretty systematic approach so I don’t just go do everything I want every day. My doctor lays out a plan every day, and we kind of go by that.

“I’m definitely better than I was four months ago, so that’s good,” he said. “It’s never as fast as you want, but we’re getting there."

He said he has been rejuvenated by being around his teammates again.  

“Nobody wants to be isolated in Sarasota for months at a time,” Roberts said. “Obviously, there were young kids there, but it’s not the same as being with your teammates and the guys you try to go out with and win games with every day. It’s a lot different. It’s always fun to be around those guys.

“I’d love to be out there from Day One doing everything and having no restrictions. There are times when it drives you nuts. It is what it is at this point.”

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