On a day when they performed terribly on the field, the Orioles got much-needed positive news on the injury front as the imaging results on Brian Roberts and Justin Duchscherer turned up no new concerns and Derrek Lee and Koji Uehara moved closer to seeing game action.

Still, there is no timetable on any of the four, and they are running out of time with Opening Night on April 1. Orioles manager Buck Showalter described Duchscherer's chances of making the Opening Day rotation as being "in peril" and said Roberts' opening the season with the club remains a "possibility," a softening of the stance team officials have taken on the second baseman for much of the spring.

"As bad as our game was on the field — it wasn't a good day there — we did get good medical news, and in the grand scheme of things, that is probably more important," said Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail, who watched his club lose, 14-8, to a Houston Astros team playing just three regulars. "We'll just have to see how it plays out, but was good news on [the Roberts and Duchscherer] fronts."

The reaction from Showalter and MacPhail to the injury questions was predictably muted. Both Roberts, who has been dealing with back and neck pain, and Duchscherer, still struggling with his surgically repaired left hip, have seemingly been alternating good weeks and bad weeks all spring, and they'll remain shut down from extensive baseball activities for the next couple of days.

"With [Duchscherer] and Robby, there wasn't anything new going on there, but that doesn't mean everything is fine," Showalter said. "There are still some persistent things that have been a challenge for both of them."

Roberts was limited to 59 games last year because of a herniated disk in his back. He said his most recent back issues are unrelated to what ailed him last year, calling last year's problems "100 times worse," and saying the pain is in a different area. However, he acknowledged that he has been dealing with neck discomfort since January in addition to experiencing back spasms about 10 days ago.

Roberts, 33, said the recent pain was a concern, but some of the fears were lifted when he got the results back from the MRI and consulted Tuesday with a back specialist whom he saw on multiple occasions last year.