(BALTIMORE) — Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts announced Sunday he will have season-ending hip surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip.
Roberts started a rehab assignment with Class-A-Aberdeen Saturday, but after playing the full game and going 0 for 4 at the plate, he decided he needed surgery.
“It just hasn’t responded the way we were hoping it would,” Roberts said. “We kind of knew this was a possibility going into it, but 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 I want to play and the way that I think it’s necessary to help.”
The 34-year-old former All-Star missed the beginning of the season with a concussion. He returned to the diamond June 12, but only played in 17 games before landing back on the disabled list.
During those 17 games, Roberts hit .182 with five RBIs.
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