Veteran second baseman Brian Roberts was able to make it through a rehab game Saturday at Low-A Aberdeen, but he felt renewed soreness in his ailing right hip soon after and has now decided to go under the knife in order to correct the lingering issue.
MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports that Roberts will have hip surgery within the next 10 days and is going to require 4-6 months of rehab. The oft-injured 34-year-old is hoping to be back near full health by the start of spring training next February, but there are no guarantees. He’s had well-chronicled bouts with post-concussion syndrome.
Roberts is under contract with the O’s in 2013 for a salary of $10 million. He has played in just 115 games over the last three seasons and batted just .182 with a .415 OPS in 74 plate appearances this summer.
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.