Roberts recalls feeling his arm would `fall off'

September 24, 2005|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter

Brian Roberts still hasn't seen the play that resulted in the premature end of his finest season in the major leagues. And if the Orioles second baseman has it his way, he'll never watch the replay.

The memory of New York Yankee Bubba Crosby running into his left arm, forcing a dislocation, a torn ligament and a detached tendon in the elbow is already fresh enough in his mind.

"I remember it all for the most part. I remember it well enough that I don't need to see it again," said Roberts, his arm covered by a cast and resting in a sling. "I felt like [the arm] was going to fall off, so I was just trying to hold it. I've never felt anything like that, period."

Roberts rejoined the Orioles yesterday for the first time since injuring his arm Tuesday and spending two nights in a New York hospital. Tired and still in a good bit of pain, Roberts, who entered the Orioles' clubhouse flanked by his father, Mike, acknowledged the past few days have been up and down.

"At first, it's just a shock," said Roberts, who finished a breakout season with a .314 average, 18 home runs and 73 RBIs. "You don't ever anticipate things like this, but then you realize what lies ahead of you and you put your mind into the challenge."

The All-Star will have a magnetic resonance imaging test on his arm this morning and expects to have surgery to reattach a tendon to the bone in "seven to 10 days." The prognosis still has Roberts being out for about six months, casting his availability for Opening Day next year in doubt.

The timeline is not ideal, Roberts said, but it beats his initial thought that his career might be in jeopardy.

"It was the first thing that went through my mind, of course," said Roberts, who was greeted warmly. "When you are grabbing your arm thinking it's about to fall off, that's the only thing you can think about."

jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com

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