Orioles' Brian Roberts back from paternity leave

The Baltimore Orioles announced today that second-baseman Brian Roberts will return to the team this week after taking paternity leave for the birth of his son.

Roberts' son, Jax, was born on Friday.

The 35-year-old Roberts is batting .245/.283/.357 in 30 games for the Orioles this season. He's top of the depth chart for the team's second-basemen ahead of Ryan Flaherty and Alexi Castilla.

To make room for Roberts, the Orioles have optioned infielder Danny Valencia to Triple-A Norfolk. Valencia batted .216/.256/.500 (16-for-74) with five homers and 10 RBI in 25 games for the Orioles this season.

Valencia's name was popular among baseball fans this week as it was reportedly listed among those suspected of using performance enhancing drugs. He was later cleared by the MLB and avoided suspension .

"...I've never ever taken a PED in my life, never failed a drug test in my life and I never will," Valencia said when speaking on the subject at spring training .

The Orioles (61-51) play the Padres (52-60) in San Diego tonight at 10:10 p.m.

 

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