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Brian Roberts “is starting to do some more physical things”

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BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 28: Brian Roberts #1 of the Baltimore Orioles looks on from the dugout during the eighth inning of their 6-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 28, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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Brian Roberts has been out since mid-May with a concussion, but manager Buck Showalter said yesterday that “he’s starting to do some more physical things” in extended spring training.

Arden Zwelling of reports that Roberts “has been progressing through an upper-body exercise plan” without any problems, but “the team isn’t taking any chances with” his return timetable.

At this point the goal is for doctors to clear Roberts to resume baseball activities on June 21, which makes a return before the All-Star break highly unlikely even if he can avoid setbacks.