Former North Carolina Diamond Heel standout Brian Roberts has struggled through injuries the last three years with the Baltimore Orioles. Roberts had become an All-Star and one of the game’s best lead off hitters. When he broke into the majors Roberts was known for his solid glove work at second base and his skills on the base paths. The switch hitter worked tirelessly and developed into a dynamic hitter at the plate. The 5’9′ / 175 pound Roberts even found a way to add some power to his game hitting a career high 18 home runs in his career year of 2005.
Roberts averaged 146 games played from 2003-2009 the club rewarded him with a four year, $40 million dollar contract following the 09 season. Ever since then, it’s been all downhill for Roberts who suffered through back injuries and concussion problems in the 2010 and 2011 seasons before briefly coming back briefly last season only to watch his season end due to lingering hip issues.
This season was supposed to be different, after three years of barley seeing the field Roberts was in the lineup for opening day. On the last year of his contract this season is perhaps his last chance at recapturing what he once was. And then it happened again, three games into the season Roberts “felt something kind of pop” in the back of his right knee Thursday on his stolen base in the top of the ninth inning.
Roberts will have an MRI Friday which will reveal the extent of the injury. Orioles fans shouldn’t hold their breath.