After Brian Roberts suffered a right hamstring injury at Tampa Bay on Apr. 4, he was hoping to come back within a few weeks. It’s nearly five weeks later, and unhappy with how he’s progressing, Roberts has scheduled an appointment with knee specialist Dr. Daniel Cooper in Dallas on Wednesday.
“He doesn’t feel like it was moving at the pace he was hoping,” manager Buck Showalter said.
Roberts took some light batting practice in Sarasota, Fla., where he’s been rehabilitating the injury.
“He just didn’t like the way he felt,” Showalter said. “He was a little frustrated it hadn’t come faster.”
Cooper worked with Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria, who had a severe hamstring injury last year.
“He wants to get a feel there of what [Cooper] thinks, see if there’s something he or we can do differently. We welcome that. He’s already been talking with him on the phone,” Showalter said.
Roberts has been limited to 118 games in the past four seasons with two concussions, a back injury and hip surgery.
Showalter had hoped that Roberts would avoid the 60-day disabled list, which would make him eligible to play on June 4. This news doesn’t make him any more pessimistic.
“I’m still holding out hope that this will get moving,” Showalter said.