Brian Roberts undergoes hamstring surgery

Brian Roberts undergoes hamstring surgery
May 9, 2013, 5:30 pm
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Injuries plague Roberts late in his career

Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts (1) against the Philadelphia Phillies during a spring training game at Ed Smith Stadium.

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BALTIMORE – Brian Roberts underwent successful surgery to repair his right hamstring in Dallas on Thursday. Orioles manager Buck Showalter traded text messages with Roberts, who hasn’t played since injuring the hamstring on Apr. 4.

Roberts will return to Sarasota, Fla. on Friday to resume his rehabilitation.

“The doctors felt good about getting it done after getting in there,” Showalter said.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Daniel Cooper. Roberts is estimated to miss six weeks.

He has played in only 118 games in the past four years due to two concussions, a back injury, hip surgery and now this surgery.

“He’s very determined. He’s not going to give in,” Showalter said. “That’s why I’m confident he’s going to come back and be a contributor. We think he’s worth waiting on. It’s been tough on him.”

Showalter defended Roberts from fans who are angry that he’s played so little since 2010.

“If you put yourself in the position he’s been in the past two or three years, and ask yourself sincerely what you would do. I know a lot of people are sarcastic about what he’s getting salary-wise,” Showalter said.

“He wants to be here and contribute with his teammates.”