Orioles Card "O" the Day

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Brian Roberts, 2010 Topps Chrome #166

Over the weekend, another long offseason began for Brian Roberts. The Orioles' 34-year-old second baseman elected to have surgery to repair a labral tear in his right hip and will miss the rest of the 2012 campaign. His disappointing totals for the year include 17 games with a slash line of .182/233/.182. Pulling up his stats for the past three injury-shortened seasons, you get an even more discouraging picture:

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Generated 7/30/2012.

Brian's body has been breaking down on him ever since he signed a four-year contract extension in 2009. He's been waylaid by problems with his back, abdominal muscles, post-concussion symptoms, and now his hip. My heart goes out to one of the best players to suit up for the O's in the 2000s, and I'll continue to hope against all logic that he is able to play 150 (or even 140) games in 2013. Hell, I might even settle for 100.

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