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Orioles lose Wilson Betemit to wrist injury

Aug 16, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

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Wilson Betemit has been a useful cog in the bottom half of the Baltimore order this year, but the Orioles will have to do without him for the foreseeable future after he was diagnosed with torn cartilage and a bone bruise in his right wrist.

He was placed on the DL retroactive to Aug. 12 and replaced by first baseman Joe Mahoney on the roster. Betemit was hitting .264/.327/.429 with 12 homers and 37 RBI in 329 at-bats this season. As usual, the switch-hitter was doing much better against righties (.306/.363/.510) than lefties (.143/.223/.190).

Fortunately, with Manny Machado up and off to a fantastic start, Betemit looks a little more expendable that he would have a few weeks ago. Machado had already replaced him at third base, with Betemit recently getting his starts at first base and DH. Nate McLouth figures to take a lot of Betemit’s at-bats, with Chris Davis spending more time at DH.

  1. lew24 - Aug 16, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    I can’t believe he is still in the league. I have a more difficult time believing that he is only 30 years old!

  2. dowhatifeellike - Aug 17, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    He’s been terrible. Going on the DL is a favor to the team. He’d have to hit .400 just to compensate for his play at 3rd base. Machado could hit .170 for the rest of the season and he’d still be an upgrade.

    • bmorelikeme - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:21 AM

      Or you could keep Machado at third and get his .873 OPS against RHP in the lineup as a DH. No injury is a good injury.

  3. seeinred87 - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    With a platoon split like that, why is he even batting from the right side of the plate anymore?

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