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Roberts to see concussion specialist Tuesday

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After giving headaches to opposing pitchers and catchers for years, Brian Roberts is about to get answers for his own headaches.

The Orioles' leadoff man will see a concussion specialist Tuesday.

The second baseman is bound for Pittsburgh on Tuesday to meet with Dr. Michael Collins of the Univ. of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Roberts is currently on the seven-day disabled list -- created specifically for concussions.

Roberts was diagnosed with a concussion late in the 2010 season. He missed the season's final week after -- as it was revealed following the season -- he rapped himself on the helmet with his bat after a strikeout.

Last week, Roberts reportedly endured another concussion after sliding into first base in Boston.

After the switch-hitter missed the first four months of the 2010 season -- a span in which the Orioles got off to one of the worst starts in big league history -- the Orioles will be understandably cautious about his health.

Felix Pie has seen some opportunities in the leadoff spot -- with the combined absence of first baseman Derrek Lee opening a spot in left field as Luke Scott has taken to first base. Robert Andino, playing second with Roberts out, could also see some starts in the top spot in the order.

The Orioles took the interleague series with the Nationals on Sunday as Vladimir Guerrero hit a two-run homer in the 2-1 victory.

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