Roberts is working toward an August 1st return

Brian Roberts has certainly not given up hope that he will be on the field for the Orioles before this season ends.

In fact he hopes to return to the club long before the season is over.

"I'll definitely be back before the end of the year, if we don't have any setbacks. Well way before the end of the year," Roberts said today on the Scott Garceau show on MASN and O's flagship station, 105.7 the Fan during his MASN Brian Roberts segment.

"My goal would be to be back before August 1st at this point. I'm hoping to play in some games down here (in Sarasota) pretty shortly. And, then maybe get on a minor league rehab assignment.

"And hopefully join back up with the team and get maybe two full months in. Get on my feet again for 2011 and see if we can finish strong as a team and push toward this winter and next year."

Roberts has played in just four games this year and has not played since April 9th.

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