BALTIMORE - Brian Roberts is once again set to return to the Baltimore Orioles lineup.
The 34-year-old second baseman played his fourth and final rehab game for Class-AAA Norfolk Friday. He is set to travel to Baltimore today, arrive this afternoon and be activated for Sunday night's game against the New York Yankees.
"Hopefully we'll see him [Saturday] afternoon at some point and hope he's ready to go on Sunday," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday. "He's been playing at a high intensity."
In the first three games of his rehab stint, Roberts went 3 for 10 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.
Roberts has been out with an injured right hamstring since injuring it April 4 in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays, the third game of the season. He has played in just 118 games since the beginning of the 2010 season, as he has dealt with multiple injuries over that time.
Showalter has said, however, that he is confident Roberts can return and make a positive impact on the team. On Thursday, Showalter added that Roberts will be the starting second baseman upon his return.
As of late, Baltimore hasn't needed a boost from their second basemen. Both Ryan Flaherty and Alexi Casilla have played as well as they have all season.
Flaherty has a seven-game hitting streak, during which he is 12 for 25 with a trio of homers and six RBIs.
"When you succeed, confidence builds," Flaherty said after his two-hit game Thursday. "Offensively, defensively, I'm just trying to do something to help the team win."
Showalter said that he thinks it's plausible to have Roberts, Flaherty, and Casilla all on the 25-man roster, with the latter two being able to spell Roberts and contribute off the bench.
INJURY UPDATES: Wilson Betemit, who has been out since spring training with a serious knee injury, resumed baseball activities Friday. Showalter said he had backed off for a few days because Betemit was "a little sore."
Steve Johnson, who is out with a strained oblique, continues to throw off flat ground. Minor league Jonathan Schoop (stress fracture in lower back) has continued light baseball activity by taking dry swings in Sarasota.
Showalter said the target date for Schoop to begin playing is July 17.
Steve Pearce still has not begun baseball activity, as both of his wrists continue to be sore. Showalter said they are responding to the injection, however.
CRUSH DAVIS: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis hit his 25th double last night, becoming just the third player ever to record 25 homers and 25 doubles by the end of June, according to STATS. Larry Walker (1997) and Todd Helton (2001) were the first two.
Davis has 53 extra-base hits in 80 games and is on pace for 107 this year, which would break Brady Anderson's club record of 92, which he set in 1997. Davis is also on pace to drive in 150 runs and would become the first Oriole to drive in over 100 runs since Nick Markakis in 2009.
Davis is also two homers shy of Brady Anderson's franchise record of 30 homers before the All-Star break.
PITCHING SWITCH: CC Sabathia, who was originally listed as the probable for today, pitched last night. Today's probable is now David Phelps (5-4, 4.01 ERA), who was originally listed for Friday.
He will oppose Baltimore's Zach Britton (1-2, 5.51).