Brian Roberts has a herniated disc

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Brian Roberts headshot.jpgFirst Buster Olney reported that Brian Roberts had kidney stones. That was shot down by Orioles’ beat writer Brittany Ghiroli, who reported that no, it was back spasms. that Buster was wrong, and that Roberts doesn’t have kidney stones. Rather, he has back spasms. Now Ghiroli — who clearly has Olney beat on the Brian Roberts beat — has an update: a small herniated disc.  But fear not, Orioles fans, he may not be too bad off:

On Monday, Roberts talked to reporters for the first time since the
injury and said he has spent the last few weeks slowly progressing in
his workouts. While he hasn’t done any hitting, Roberts has been able
to do some dry swings and some running.

“It’s already definitely
a lot better than it was three weeks ago,” he said. “[Tuesday I’ll]
probably start some swings in the cage softly. Our main goal is
obviously [Opening Day] April 6. So, [we will] just progress that way.”

That’s great to hear.  Know what else would be great? If no one ever used the phrase “dry swings” again.

Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson to table extension talks

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Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.

Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.

The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.

If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.