Orioles' Roberts curtails his comeback

BALTIMORE — Brian Roberts' frustrating season is over.

The Orioles second baseman will have season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip. Roberts made the announcement Sunday, less than 24 hours after he began a rehab assignment with Class A Aberdeen.

"It just hasn't responded the way we were hoping it would," he said. "Deep down in my gut, I think I knew before last night."

Roberts went on the disabled list July 3. The first doctor he spoke to recommended surgery, but a second suggested rehabilitation. Robert received a cortisone shot and worked out at the team's facility in Florida before heading to Aberdeen.

After going 0-for-4 with a walk on Saturday night, he abandoned the plan.

"We kind of knew this was a possibility going in," Roberts said. "We wanted to give it the best possible shot we could to get back out there and try and help for the last two months of the season, but it's not going to put me in a position to play the way that I think is going to be necessary to help."

Roberts, 34, missed the start of the season with a concussion. He returned June 12 and got three hits against the Pirates but was batting .182 in 17 games before going on the disabled list. Last season, he played in just 39 games because of a concussion. And he played in 59 in 2010 because of back and abdominal injuries.

In other Orioles news, LF Lew Ford's contract was purchased from Triple-A Norfolk, and he went 0-for-3 with a walk and an outfield assist in his first big-league game since 2007.

PADRES RE-SIGN CLOSER: All-Star closer Huston Street and San Diego agreed to a $14 million, two-year contract through 2014. The right-hander, who turns 29 Thursday, has a 0.91 ERA and has converted all 17 save opportunities.

STANTON RECOVERING: Marlins RF Giancarlo Stanton, who hasn't played since July 7, will begin his rehab from right knee surgery Wednesday with Class A Jupiter. In other Marlins news, LF Logan Morrison went on the 15-day disabled list with right knee inflammation and may need season-ending surgery.

A'S GET CATCHER: Oakland acquired C George Kottaras from the Brewers in a trade for minor-league RH reliever Fautino De Los Santos.

ASTROS-D'BACKS TRADE: Hou­ston traded 3B Chris Johnson to Arizona for minor-league INF Bobby Borchering and OF Marc Krauss. The trade was the Astros' fifth this month.

CARDINALS: LHP Jaime Garcia, out since June 6 with a left shoulder strain, is set to make a rehab start today for the Gulf Coast League affiliate in Jupiter.

NATIONALS: 1B Adam LaRoche left in the fourth inning with back tightness. … CF Bryce Har­per returned a day after being scratched with a stomach lineup.

RANGERS: RHP Neftali Feliz, out since May 21 with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, was scratched from a rehab start at Double-A Frisco because of discomfort.

YANKEES: LHP Andy Pettitte shut down his throwing program after suffering a slight setback in his recovery from a fracture in his left fibula. … Nick Swisher was back in the lineup as the DH after sitting out six games with a strained left hip flexor.

Orioles' Roberts curtails his comeback 07/29/12 [Last modified: Sunday, July 29, 2012 11:45pm]

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