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Orioles 2B Brian Roberts slowed by bad back

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts has a back problem, but expects to be OK for opening day.

Roberts has been diagnosed with a small herniated disk. He says he's on the right track in his preparation for the start of the season.

Roberts intends to do some light hitting Tuesday when the Orioles hold their first full-squad workout. He worked out in the weight room Monday after taking his physical.

He says he won't need surgery to repair the disk.