It’s been one year since Brian Roberts played for the Orioles

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Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of Brian Roberts’ last game action for the Orioles and concussions have limited the former All-Star second baseman to just 98 total games since the beginning of 2010.

Roberts spoke to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun about his year on the sidelines, calling it “extremely hard and very frustrating at times, but at the same time I’m very grateful for where I am today.”

During the past week he’s been fielding ground balls and even diving to make plays, which Roberts called “a big hurdle physically as well as mentally.”

As for when he might actually return to the Orioles’ lineup, there’s still no timetable but Roberts indicated that the team may soon begin talking about a minor-league rehab schedule. That may not sound like a ton of progress, but at this point Roberts is simply trying to save his career at age 34 and in the third season of a four-year, $40 million contract.

Brandon Belt, Jaime Barrios set new modern record with 21-pitch at-bat

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Angels starter Jaime Barrios and Giants first baseman Brandon Belt set a new modern record with a 21-pitch at-bat in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Anaheim. Belt fell behind 1-2 and mostly kept fouling pitches off. The count ran full on the ninth pitch and Belt would foul off 11 more pitches before finally lining out to right field.

As Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle notes, the previous record was set on June 26, 1998 when the Indians’ Bartolo Colon and the Astros’ Ricky Gutierrez battled for 20 pitches. Gutierrez eventually struck out.