Another winter meant another injury for Brian Roberts.
It wasn’t another concussion nor a bad back. This time it was a sports hernia. Roberts had hoped for a smooth rehab from last August’s right hip surgery, but it didn’t happen.
“When I found out that day, it was pretty rough,” Roberts said at Saturday’s Orioles’ FanFest.
“I was thinking: ‘Can I go through this again?’ I wasn’t sure mentally if I really had it in me. If it would have been a four-to-six month surgery, I wouldn’t have done it.”
Roberts has played just 115 games in the last three seasons, and he’s entering the final year of a four-year, $40 million contract.
His doctors discovered some problems when he had an MRI for the hip.
“As I progressed, it started bothering me,” Roberts said. “From what I now know, they go hand-in-hand. It got to be middle of December, and I said, ‘I need to know now,’” and last month, he had surgery in Philadelphia.
“It’s been a long journey to get to this point, again. Try not to take it for granted, try to enjoy it, trying to enjoy the process, hope for the best,” Roberts said.
He’ll be hitting and taking ground balls on Monday in Sarasota, Fla., and Roberts thinks he can be a regular at second base.
“I don’t see any reason why I can’t. I’m 35, but my body is really 32, and I’ve think I maybe younger than that, all rebuilt,” Roberts said.
Long a leadoff man, Roberts saw how well Nick Markakis hit there in his absence. He’s not wedded to the first spot. Roberts insists.
“Do you think after I’ll I’ve been through I care where it hit?” Roberts asked.
“After a year of migraine headaches, I don’t care where I hit in the lineup.”