Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts' work this spring has been confined to the back fields of the Ed Smith Stadium complex, but on Tuesday he took a considerable step forward in his recovery from multiple concussions by participating in pre-game batting practice and fielding drills before the Orioles' Grapefruit League game against the Rays.

"I think my doctor would probably agree that getting in an environment where there's a lot going on, that's a big step because that's a part of the progression ... trying to re-acclimate into those environments," Roberts said. "It's one thing to hit on the back field with three coaches shagging and another thing with all the guys out there and people in the stands and the music going and all that sort of stuff. I think each hurdle we overcome is a big step, but that's certainly one that hopefully will be a big one."

Roberts said getting back into a pre-game routine and being around his teammates was an enjoyable experience.