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Roberts still two weeks away from baseball activities; Duchscherer and Erbe update

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts had a consultation with concussion specialist Dr. Michael Collins today in Pittsburgh, and he remains at least two weeks away from starting baseball activities, according to manager Buck Showalter.

"I wouldn't call it bad news," Showalter said. "We knew the process that we were going to have. We'll follow the doctor's suggestions."

Roberts hasn't played since he started experiencing headaches after his headfirst slide into first base against the Boston Red Sox on May 16.

Roberts could start doing some cardio and weight work soon, but Showalter said the baseball activities wouldn't start until two weeks from now at the earliest.

"We're not there. That's just the best case scenario," said Showalter, who wouldn't rule out the possibility of Roberts returning to the lineup before the All-Star break.

Roberts could join the team on this home stand for a couple of days, and then return to Sarasota, Fla.

Showalter said Justin Duchscherer reported having spasms in the gluteus after fielding a bunt in his extended spring outing today. He threw three more pitches and then ended his outing. He'll be evaluated tomorrow.

Meanwhile, pitching prospect Brandon Erbe, a McDonogh graduate who had labrum surgery last August, couldn't get loose and wasn't able to throw a simulated game today.

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