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This doesn't look good. Brian Roberts, who walked to start the game and scored the Orioles first run, has been removed from the game between the first and second innings with a strained abdominal muscle.

Julio Lugo has taken over at second base.

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It's too early to speculate about the situation or draw any connection with the back injury that has hampered Roberts all spring, but you have to wonder if this is going to put him on the disabled list. Whether it's connected to the back injury or not, abdominal and rib cage strains are often hard to shake.

Losing Roberts for any length of time would be a tremendous blow to the Orioles, but the club is fortunate that Andy MacPhail moved decisively to pick up another middle infielder at the end of training camp. Lugo is a decent offensive player who can fill in for an extended period.

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If Roberts is lost for awhile, the Orioles will have to recall one of their Triple-A infielders. I'm guessing it would be Justin Turner, because he is on the 40-man roster. The team would have to move someone off to make room for either Robert Andino or Scott Moore.

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