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O’s Roberts still at least three weeks away

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 06: Infielder Brian Roberts #1 of the Baltimore Orioles fouls off a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the home opener game at Tropicana Field on April 6, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

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Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts has been sidelined since April 9 -- pretty much all season -- with a strained abdominal muscle. According to the Baltimore Sun, he “remains at least three weeks away from returning to the lineup, and that’s probably the best case scenario.”

“At this point, we just don’t really have a timetable yet,” Roberts said Sunday. “We’re continuing to do some physical therapy. I don’t know. It could be three weeks from now, it could be three months from now. Honestly, I don’t know.”

As of now, season-ending surgery is not an option. But that could change. The Orioles have started 6-18 this year without their spark plug and are buried in a star-studded American League East. It makes no sense, then, for the O’s to rush Roberts back. An ugly situation in Baltimore is only getting uglier.