Orioles 2B Roberts still out with back spasms

Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, sidelined this

week because of back spasms, will have an MRI exam on Saturday.

After the Orioles’ 13-6 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on

Friday, manager Buck Showalter said Roberts saw a specialist and

was given some ”trigger-point injections.”

Roberts missed most of last season with a herniated disk in his

back and a concussion. He slid headfirst into first base on Monday

night against the New York Yankees and has not played since. He

said Wednesday that he may have aggravated the condition.

Showalter said that he hoped the second baseman would be

available for the season opener at Tampa Bay on April 1.

”We’re at a stage in spring training where we have

opportunities,” Showalter said. ”Time is on our side.”

Roberts has played in four games, and Showalter said he can’t

see playing him again until at least Tuesday.