Quick injury updates

I'm going to make another attempt to go off campus and watch the Orioles-Braves game, though I'm packing up the laptop in case of baseball emergency.

Before I head out, I want to pass along three injury updates that manager Buck Showalter relayed to reporters in Hot-lanta.

Brian Roberts could start swinging a bat early next week. He's had two good days in a row, getting through his conditioning work and limited baseball activities without headaches or dizziness.

Showalter confirmed in his video blog a few days ago on MASNsports.com that Roberts will bat leadoff once he returns to the lineup.

Infielder Cesar Izturis began baseball activities in Sarasota today. He's ahead of schedule.

I'm not sure where Izturis fits on this roster. Would he replace Blake Davis? Would that make any sense?

No offense to Izturis - you know what I mean - but he's clearly not part of the future or the missing piece to a run toward .500 this season.

Also, pitcher Justin Duchscherer will be examined by team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens on July 11. I'm not sure whether that's a good or bad thing, but it's going to happen.

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