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.
Cal Ripken Jr.'s 25-acre, 8,545 square-foot home went up for auction this past Saturday and the highest bidder was......Adam Jones?
The center fielder is purchasing the Orioles legend's former Reisterstown, Md. estate, according to The Athletic.
Placed on the market in 2016 for $12.5 million, Ripken reduced the price to $9.7 million last year but was still unable to find a willing buyer. The estate was eventually put up for auction and sold to Jones for an undisclosed amount.
The six bedroom home has 10 full bathrooms, a movie theater, a gym that overlooks an indoor basketball court, a pool and a baseball field with batting cages, a locker room and soaking tubs. One of the tubs was taken from Memorial Stadium and used by Johnny Unitas and Art Donovan, but Ripken is keeping that one.
What makes this purchase even more interesting is that Jones will become a free agent at the end of the 2018 season, but that does not mean he plans on re-signing with the team. The 32-year old, who is in his last year of a six-year $85.5 million contract, is known to dip his toes in real estate investments and his wife, Audie Fugett, is a Baltimore native.
The deal is scheduled to close on June 11.
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BOSTON -- One strike away from a four-hit shutout, David Price happily settled for a complete game and his strongest outing of the season.
Price struck out eight and held Baltimore to five hits, including two in the ninth when the Orioles broke up the shutout before the Boston left-hander finished them off in a 6-2 victory for the Red Sox on Thursday night.
"He was amazing," Boston manager Alex Cora said. "He was outstanding. You saw it. Bad swings, up, down, in and out, changeup, cutter, sinkers ... that was fun to watch."
J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer in the first, and Xander Bogaerts homered with two on during a four-run fifth, giving Price more than enough cushion against the struggling Orioles.
Price (4-4) struck out eight and didn't walk a batter while winning consecutive starts for the first time this season. He cruised through the first eight innings before Andrew Susac led off the ninth with a double, the first Baltimore player to reach second base in the game.
Manny Machado spoiled the shutout bid with a two-out homer, but Price finished off Baltimore on Jonathan Schoop's pop-up to center as the Red Sox improved to 4-0 against Baltimore by taking the makeup game that was rained out on Patriots' Day.
"They're a free-swinging team," said Price, who threw just 95 pitches. "You can go out there and do that or you can go out there for three innings and give up a bunch of runs."
Danny Valencia had a pair of hits for the punchless Orioles, who have lost three of four and have the second-fewest wins in the American League. Valencia nearly had a double in the fifth, but got thrown out at second by left fielder Andrew Benintendi, one of several strong defensive plays that helped Price go the distance.
Hanley Ramirez also caught a foul pop on the top step of Boston's dugout in the second and Mookie Betts ran down a fly ball that was headed to the wall in right.
"The defensive plays that I had today, it makes everything a lot easier," Price said.
Kevin Gausman (3-3) went 4 2/3 innings for Baltimore, allowing six runs and eight hits while striking out six and walking two. He was pulled after Bogaerts drove a high fastball out to left with two men on during Boston's four-run fifth.
"We just got into some sticky situations where we just had to dig ourselves out of a hole and we just couldn't," Susac said.
The Orioles also weren't happy with the strike zone, which Susac said forced Gausman to throw some pitches the Red Sox pounced upon.
Manager Buck Showalter agreed with his catcher.
"I'm very biased, but I didn't think he got a fair shake tonight," Showalter said. "There were a lot of pitches that could have and should have gone his way."
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