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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Brian Roberts, 2004 Upper Deck Vintage #115

Well, this was unexpected. Today Brian Roberts told reporters that he is ready to begin a rehab assignment in the minor leagues, and will be reporting to the AA Bowie Baysox tomorrow. There have been indications that he's been making steady progress in his recovery from concussion symptoms over the past few months. Gradually Brian has been resuming tasks that he once took for granted: traveling with the team on road trips, sitting in the dugout amidst the bright lights and loud noises of a full baseball game, hitting off of tees, fielding ground balls, hitting against live pitching, sliding on the basepaths. The fact remains that he has not played in an actual game in 53 full weeks. At age 34, he's bound to be rusty after such a long layoff, and there's always the unfortunate potential for a setback. But Roberts is already closer to returning than I ever thought he would be. The first quarter of the 2012 season has been full of pleasant surprises for O's fans. If Brian Roberts makes a positive contribution to this year's team, it might be time to reach for that sugary orange drink.

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