By Eduardo A. Encina
The Baltimore Sun
9:47 PM EDT, August 13, 2013
PHOENIX — When Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts returned from right hamstring surgery that forced him to miss 80 games earlier this season, he knew it might take a while to regain his comfort in the batter's box.
Roberts had his second multiple-RBI game of the season in Monday's 7-6 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks and he was 3-for-6 with three RBIs over his past two games heading into Tuesday night.
"It's been a little bit of a see saw since I got back," Roberts said. "I've tried to be patient with it knowing that I felt really good coming out of spring training and had gotten in a reasonable flow of things coming into spring training.
"And then you take three months off and that first 40 or 50 at-bats is like spring training all over again. I've tried to be patient and just do as much as I can to help every day and hopefully the next 40 games will be good and we can get on a roll and start doing better and better."
Roberts' triple in the sixth inning Sunday in San Francisco sparked the offense in a 10-2 win over the Giants. On Monday, he battled back from a 1-2 count to work an eight-pitch walk that was pivotal in the Orioles' tying the game in the ninth inning.
"I think Brian's been swinging the bat well over the last two or three days," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "You can see him getting a little more comfortable. You try to keep that in mind. And I think he's played a really good second base for us too. It's good to have him back. He has a night like last night and you realize what you've been missing for a long time."
Before he returned from the DL on July 2, Roberts had played in just 118 games since the beginning of the 2010 season, sidelined by multiple concussion, hip surgery and the hamstring injury he suffered three games into this season.
Roberts, 35, now finally appears healthy and earlier this month he celebrated the birth of his first child, a boy named Jax Isaac. He was away from the team for three days on the paternity list but rejoined the club for this three-city, eight-game road trip that ends Wednesday.
"You can see his face," Showalter said. "He's having a lot of fun. ... I think he savors every day he's back and playing. He seems to be smiling a lot easier. Plus he's got a lot of things going on in his life. He's a dad. Everything turned out well. You think about it and he's going to come off this trip and have his son sitting there at home. I don't think he's sitting yet, but he's lying."
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