After trying to play a game at Aberdeen on Saturday night, Brian Roberts decided on Sunday that he would undergo surgery to repair a labral tear in his right hip.The surgery will be performed in the next week or 10 days in Vail, Colorado, Roberts said. He estimates the recovery time to be four-six months, and expects to be ready for spring training in 2013.It just hasnt responded the way we were hoping it would, Roberts said just before the start of the Orioles game with Oakland.We kind of knew this was a possibility going on. We wanted to give it the best possible shot we could to get back out there and try and help for the last two months of the season, but its not going to put me in the a position to play the way that I think is going to be necessary to help, Roberts said.Roberts was 0-for-4 for Aberdeen with a walk and a run scored on Saturday night, but completing a game wasnt enough to convince him he was ready to playDeep down in my gut, I think I knew before last night, Roberts said.Some of the things working out leading up to it have definitely given me concern that it wasnt going to get a whole lot better.Hed already had a cortisone shot on the hip, and his movements were restricted.The first doctor Roberts saw recommended surgery. The second said he could try and rehab it, and he agreed to try. Roberts was placed on the disabled list on July 3. He batted .182 with five RBIs in 17 games. Roberts had 12 hitsall singles.I want to be a part of this, but I also want to do this is in a way that benefits the team and not be a detriment to the team. Im not going to be selfish enough to go out there and do it just to go out there and be a part of it if I dont think I can do it, Roberts said.In the last three seasons, Roberts has suffered two concussions, a herniated disc, and now the tear in his hip.Roberts has been limited to 115 games in 2010-12.Its been a long two years. It certainly hasnt gone the way that I would have drawn it up, Roberts said.Its very hard to sit here and watch these guys play those games.Roberts has played with the Orioles since 2001, and never has been on a team that won more than 78 games.To see the excitement in the dugout and not being able to be a part of that after so many years here, playing in atmospheres that werent like that, thats really hard, Roberts said.Hes optimistic hell be ready for next season.I might battle through 100 at-bats in the next month or two, Roberts said.The main goal right now is to get ready for 600 good at-bats in 2013. He said hes looking forward to helping an improving Orioles team.We believe were having a great year this year, and were going to have an even better year next year. I want to be a part of that in a healthy way, Roberts said.
DETROIT - Leonys Martin hit his first big league grand slam, Jeimer Candelario had four hits and three RBIs, and the Detroit Tigers beat Baltimore 13-8 Thursday to extend the Orioles' losing streak to six.
Jordan Zimmermann (1-0) gave up four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, allowing two home runs to Manny Machado and one to Chris Davis. Zimmermann was pitching for the first time since being hit in the jaw by a line drove off the bat of Cleveland's Jason Kipnis on April 11.
Alex Cobb (0-2) made his second start after signing a $57 million, four-year contract in spring training and his ERA rose to 15.43. He allowed seven runs - five earned - and 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings.
Machado had four RBIs for the Orioles, who were outhit 18-14 in the game and outscored 23-15 in the three-game sweep.
Victor Martinez hit an RBI single in the first, but Davis put Baltimore ahead with a two-run homer in the second, his sixth hit and fourth homer in 10 career at-bats against Zimmermann.
Detroit went ahead for good with four runs in the bottom half after third baseman Tim Beckham's throwing error allowed James McCann to reach base leading off. Jose Iglesias hit a two-run triple, Miguel Cabrera had an RBI single and Nick Castellanos a run-scoring groundout.
Machado's homer in the third cut Baltimore's deficit to 5-2, but Candelario's two-run homer extended the lead to 7-2 in the bottom half. Martin homered off Mike Wright Jr. in a five-run fifth.
DETROIT -- Dixon Machado came to the plate with only one big league homer to his name, but the way this game was going, anything seemed possible.
"Walking to the plate I was thinking, `What if I hit a homer right here?'" the Detroit infielder said. "He threw me a fastball away but when he came in with a pitch I was ready for it and I just hit it hard."
Machado led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run , capping a wild final two innings and lifting the Tigers over the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 on Wednesday. Detroit led 2-1 before each team scored three runs in the eighth and one in the ninth.
Baltimore's Luis Sardinas tied it with a solo shot off Shane Greene (1-0) in the top of the ninth, but then the 26-year-old Machado hit a line drive off Pedro Araujo (1-2) that cleared the fence in left field. It was his second homer in 299 big league at-bats.
The game was moved from 6:40 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. in anticipation of bad weather. Although it was a sparse crowd, to say the least , the sun did come out, and those fans in attendance were treated to quite a few homers.
Miguel Cabrera went deep on his 35th birthday, and Jeimer Candelario and John Hicks also homered for Detroit. Hicks hit a three-run shot in the eighth that put the Tigers up 5-4.
Danny Valencia hit a solo homer for the Orioles, who have lost five straight.
Detroit's Matthew Boyd allowed a run, two hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings, striking out six. Baltimore's Kevin Gausman allowed two runs and nine hits in six-plus innings.
Cabrera's solo homer put the Tigers up 2-1 in the sixth, but Manny Machado and Chris Davis hit RBI singles as part of a three-run rally by Baltimore in the eighth. The drive by Davis was nearly a home run, but it hit the wall and stayed in play.
"There were obviously a couple bad breaks -- our ball hits the top of the fence and comes back and their ball goes over -- but there were four or five breaks we got during the game on bounces or pitch calls," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "If you lose focus and start feeling sorry for yourselves, every team you play is going to take advantage and step on your throat."