Brian Roberts misses game following root canal

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Brian Roberts has been playing through a hamstring injury, but yesterday he was scratched from the Orioles’ lineup following a root canal.

Robert Falkoff of MLB.com reports that Roberts initially felt mouth pain Sunday, but thought little of it until things got much worse during the team flight to Kansas City on Monday night.

Or as manager Buck Showalter put it: “By the time we landed, we knew he had a problem.”

Roberts is hoping to be back in the lineup tonight, but Showalter seemed unsure about such a quick return.