After six days of not playing and not talking to the media, Brian Roberts met with reporters in Buck Showalter’s office following Sunday’s game and said he has been having concussion-type symptoms which occurred after he hit himself in the helmet with a bat.
“I don’t know 100 percent sure, but it was Monday night. In frustration (after a strikeout), I whacked myself on the head with my bat in the ninth. I had my helmet on,” Roberts said. “It’s something I’ve done a million times, but I still can’t tell you for sure if that was it. But that’s the only thing that I can point to because that night and the next morning, I just didn’t feel good. So it’s been going on since then.”
Roberts expects to have a CT scan on Monday, which he hopes will shed light on exactly what is causing his lightheadedness and head pain.
“I just have some lack of balance and some headaches, and just stuff that hasn’t been a whole lot of fun,” Roberts said. “So unfortunately I haven’t been able to obviously get out there and play, but we’re still working on trying to get all the results and figure out what’s going on.
Roberts ended his season with a .278 average, four homers and 12 steals while totaling just 230 at-bats in 59 games. His year was marred with various injuries and ailments, including a herniated disk in his back that forced him to miss most of the first half.
“It’s been one for the memory banks, but not for the best memory bank, I guess,” Roberts said. “But there’s been some good things, and just because things don’t go exactly the way you want them to, it doesn’t mean that it’s all been a negative, a wash, because certainly since Buck’s gotten here, we’ve done some great things and I’ll be ready to go February 2011. It just hasn’t been the best 2010.”