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.
Update (8:40 PM ET): Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Hunter’s contract with the Phillies is for two years.
There’s been a bit of confusion at the Winter Meetings. First, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that the Phillies were close to signing free agent reliever Addison Reed. That report was then disputed by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer then reported that not only do the Phillies not have a deal with Reed, they’re actually moving in on a deal with free agent pitcher Tommy Hunter. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic backed up Gelb’s report, as did Todd Zolecki of MLB.com.
Hunter, 31, spent the past season with the Rays, posting a 2.61 ERA with a 64/14 K/BB ratio across 58 2/3 innings. The right-hander, a veteran of 10 seasons in the majors, should be a good addition to the Phillies’ bullpen, which also recently added Pat Neshek. Neshek and Hunter will likely work the innings just ahead of closer Hector Neris.
As for Reed, well, who knows.