The answer was simple. Because that's the way he plays. He plays hard. He plays with his face in the dirt. All-out, all-the-time, that's Roberts.
After playing in just 115 games the past three years because of concussions and a hip injury, he wanted to come back at full-go this season.
That meant diving for ground balls and diving head-first on steals and pushing himself to get back to where he was as a two-time All-Star and one of the best second basemen in the game.
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But he's 35 now, in the last year of a four-year $40-million contract. And you wonder how much longer he wants to go through something like this, his body breaking down again, looking at all the pain and rehabilitation that lies before him.
So now the Orioles move on with Ryan Flaherty and Alexi Casilla at second base, which is not the worst thing in the world, not with Chris Davis crushing the ball like Roy Hobbs in "The Natural" and the O's winners of three of their first four games.
And Roberts goes back to doing something he knows all too well: rehabbing another injury in that lonely alternate universe where, yes, you're still part of the team, but it doesn't always feel that way.
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