At the end of the conversation, the decision was made that surgery to repair a ruptured semitendinosis muscle in his right hamstring was the best option moving forward.
The recovery time from the procedure is roughly six weeks. And given the fact that Roberts has played in just 118 games since 2010 and just 20 since the beginning of the 2012 season, there will be lots of people saying that this might be the end of Roberts' career in an Orioles uniform. He's in the final year of a four-year, $40-million contract.
But Showalter is optimistic Roberts will still be able to contribute.
"Hopefully he'll make the time period and be able to pick up where he left off and not have that in the back of his mind," Showalter said. "I know what his goals are. He's very frustrated by it, as we are, but Brian Roberts is going to come back and make a contribution to this club this year. I've got a good feeling about that."
Showalter said that the surgery – which will be performed by Dr. Daniel Cooper in Dallas – is supposed to prevent the injury from reoccurring.
Before the injury, Roberts was beginning to show flashes of his old self. He played through a long