DETROIT — With Brian Roberts recently making significant strides in his recovery from a right hamstring surgery, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday that the second baseman could begin a minor league rehab assignment right after the team’s road trip ends Sunday.
“He’ll know,” Showalter said. “We talk about it every day. I love having Brian around and he got through taking ground balls. He was doing slow rollers plays, balls to his right where he really needs to push off. He’s had a lot of tests that he’s passed so far. We’ve talked about it. It might not happen, but there’s a chance he could go out at the end of this trip.”
Roberts has done a significant amount of early work on the team’s trip to Detroit. He participated in sprint and agility drills Tuesday and Showalter said one of the biggest remaining tests is perfecting short bursts of running.