Sometimes it seems as if Brian Roberts dominates spring training. It's not his desire, but somehow it always seems to happen.

When Roberts makes the short trip from his winter home in Sarasota to the Orioles spring training headquarters where he's already been working out, he makes news.

Last year, he was trying to come back from his second concussion, and it was news that he took batting practice with the team and finally able to watch some of the games from the dugout.

The year before, he had a concussion and a bad back.

This year, seemingly fully recovered from the effects of the concussions and the back, Roberts tries again. Last July, just a few weeks after his courageous comeback from the head injuries, Roberts injured his right hip, an injury that ended his season.

Roberts underwent surgery in August, and traveled with the team during its postseason run. It was poignant because Roberts represented the good during the Orioles' lean years and it was sad that he couldn't fully enjoy the good times of 2012.

His troubles began in spring training four years ago. That was when a four-year, $10 million extension was announced. 2009 was the last season he played regularly, with a league-leading 56 doubles, and a career-high 79 RBIs.

That was the year before Buck Showalter.

Showalter's arrival was preceded by Roberts' back injury, which was sustained when he slid head first into second during the home opener. He left the game and by the time he returned more than three months later, the Orioles were heavily into negotiations with Showalter.

The new manager saw Roberts play some when he arrived in Aug. 2010, but his season was truncated when he banged a bat against his head in anger, causing a concussion.