Roberts has not played for the Orioles since May 16, 2011, but said yesterday that he should be able to begin a minor league rehab assignment very soon. The exact date has not been set, but it now could be days or weeks away - and not months down the road.
Here are some audio clips from that interview where Roberts said the start of a rehab assignment is close. He also explained why it is best right now for him to play for a full-season affiliate rather than go to work out at extended spring training in Sarasota.
He was also asked if he thinks he has to try and win his old job back from Robert Andino and talked about how he feels now that his long road back is about to get him back on the field.
What is your take?: What do you think about Roberts' possible return to the Orioles? How well can he play after missing so much time? How could this impact the Orioles?