Orioles' Roberts Elects Surgery After Game With IronBirds

Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts joined the Aberdeen IronBirds Saturday, and announced Sunday he would undergo season-ending surgery.

Brian Roberts has elected to undergo season-ending surgery after playing in one rehab game with the .

Roberts, 34, went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored Saturday at .

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Sunday in Baltimore, he told reporters his ailing right hip would need surgery.

"It just hasn't responded the way that it would. We kind of knew this was a possibility going in, but we wanted to give it the best possible shot we could," Roberts said. "It's not going to put me in a position to play the way I want to play and the way I want to help."

Roberts will undergo surgery in the next week or two, he said, to repair the torn labrum in his right hip.

He appeared in just 17 games this season before the injury sidelined him on July 1. He was out from May 2011 until last month with concussion-related issues.

His contract—a $40 million, four-year deal signed in 2009—keeps him in Baltimore through next season.

The IronBirds play at 5:35 p.m. Sunday and 7:05 p.m. on Monday in a three-game series against Vermont. The IronBirds will celebrate Ferrous' birthday Sunday and Olympic Night on Monday.

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yvonne bachman July 29, 2012 at 10:39 PM
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